KSU, student group settle suit over speaker
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.