UH agrees to new free speech policy

UH agrees to new free speech policy

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii has instituted a new free speech policy after settling a lawsuit with two students who claimed their rights were violated.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports UH-Hilo students Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone sued after an administrator stopped Burch from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution and told both to take a protest to a "free speech zone" at the edge of the campus.

The university as part of a settlement will pay them $50,000 and their attorney fees.

The university also agreed to update its free speech policy.

Students will no longer need permission for noncommercial free speech or distribution of literature in all areas generally open to students and the community.

The policy also sets up a process to resolve First Amendment rights disputes.

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