Excerpt: Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit against the University of Alabama in Huntsville for violating the free-speech rights of student activists and for breaking a 2019 state law and the free-speech protections of the state constitution. The conservative legal nonprofit filed the state lawsuit on behalf of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter in response to a university policy that requires three days preapproval to assemble on campus.
It’s the second lawsuit filed this year against a University of Alabama university — in May, ADF also sued the University of Alabama in Birmingham for similar policies.
While the university has a policy on spontaneous expression, it “limits such speech to ‘defined areas’ (i.e., speech zones) that make up a very small portion of the campus,” the lawsuit said. The suit additionally claims that the board of trustees, who are named as defendants, have deliberately ignored the Campus Free Speech Act.