CASEDozier v. Houle

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Ryan Dozier

Ryan Dozier emerged from his Wednesday morning class at Yuba College in central California just in time to hoist an evangelical sign and hand out some tracts to the lunchtime crowd walking across campus.  Careful to stay off the main walk, he engaged in friendly conversation and shared his materials only with those students who expressed some interest.  A campus policeman approached him, though, and told Ryan he’d need a permit from the college to conduct such an “assembly” – and that he could be arrested and expelled, if he didn’t stop immediately.  Shortly afterward, a certified letter from college administrators reiterated the threat, advising Ryan that free speech was only allowed at Yuba on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 and 1 … with two weeks’ notice in advance.

Before long, Alliance Defending Freedom lawyers had secured a settlement from the college on Ryan’s behalf – abolishing those requirements and dismantling other elements of an unconstitutional speech code that had severely limited free speech and expression on campus.


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Summary
Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund Center for Academic Freedom secured a settlement with Yuba Community College on behalf of a student, putting an end to a campus policy that requires students to obtain a permit to exercise "free speech" during two allotted hours per week. Ryan Dozier was threatened with arrest and expulsion if he continued sharing the gospel on campus between classes.
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/dozier-v.-houle/dozier-v-houle---consent-order.pdf?sfvrsn=10https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/dozier-v.-houle/dozier-v-houle---complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=10
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Trial Court
Consent Order Jan 26 2009
Trial Court
Complaint Sep 29 2008

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