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CASE ENTRY

Abbott v. Pastides

Allegation: University of South Carolina student group obtains pre-approval from school officials to hold event and then displays posters with words and ideas that caused controversies on other campuses. Other students complain. (One complainant’s friend was “violently triggered” by a swastika and feels unsafe on campus.) Officials summon the group to a 45-minute meeting, where it must “answer for and explain each poster that was subject to a complaint.” No further action is taken. Fourth Circuit: No First Amendment problem here.


Tags: 2018, Campus Free Speech, First Amendment, Fourth Circuit, Free Speech

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