KSU, stu­dent group set­tle suit over speaker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By Eric Stir­gus es­tir­gus@ajc.com

Ken­ne­saw State and a stu- dent group that sued the univer­sity over its cam­pus speech guide­lines have agreed on a set­tle­ment.

The group, Young Amer­i­cans for Free­dom, said univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tors in­ten- tion­ally made it dif­fi­cult for the stu­dents to bring a guest speaker to cam­pus be­cause of the group and speaker’s con­ser­va­tive be­liefs. The law­suit was filed in March.

The two sides last week agreed on a set­tle­ment and are ex­pected to file pa­per­work for­mal­iz­ing the agree- ment next week. The set­tle­ment in­cludes $17,100 in at­tor­ney fees from KSU to the stu­dent group, said Travis Barham, an at­tor- ney for the Al­liance De­fend- ing Free­dom, which rep­re­sented the stu­dents.

Barham said the two sides set­tled after KSU made changes to its poli­cies that made it less re­stric­tive for stu­dents to speak on cam­pus, such as charg­ing se­cu­rity fees to bring a guest speaker.

“Stu­dents should be en­cour­aged to know that when you’re will­ing to take a stand, things can change,” Barham said in a tele­phone in­ter­view Fri­day.

KSU set­tled a sim­i­lar law­suit last month with an­other stu­dent group, Ra­tio Christi. That group was also rep­re­sented by the Al­liance De­fend­ing Free­dom. The univer­sity paid a $20,100 set­tle­ment in that case, the al­liance said.

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