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Chatting About the College Mascot Prohibited?

01 Aug 2002

The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois held that a university chancellor's preclearance directive banning all speech directed toward prospective student athletes without prior permission violated the First Amendment rights of university students and faculty members who wished to contact prospective athletes to inform them of their belief that university mascot degraded Native Americans. The Court noted that the directive was a content-based restriction on speech, it was not a content-neutral time, place, and manner restriction, nor was it narrowly tailored to achieve university's purpose of complying with NCAA recruitment regulations. Crue v. Aiken, 204 F.Supp.2d 1130 (C.D.Ill. 2002).

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