UH Hilo statement on free speech suit against UH Hilo

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Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Contact: Jerry Chang, (808) 932-7339

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi was informed on April 24, 2014 that two students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that the University violated their free speech rights on campus. A copy of the complaint can be found here: hilo.hawaii.edu/documents/Burch_v._UH.pdf. The University has issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

“The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is committed to free expression and the open exchange of ideas. This case involves the application of specific campus policies that were implemented to protect those values while preserving the educational environment for all students. UH Hilo has initiated a review of the policies involved and the manner in which they were enforced. We will make any changes that are needed to ensure that free expression and First Amendment rights are fully protected.”


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