Skip to content

IN governor signs law protecting free speech on public college campuses

First Amendment Freedom of Speech

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Zack Pruitt regarding Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s signing Tuesday of HB 1190, a bill designed to ensure that public colleges and universities may not ban students from engaging in expressive activity in the open, outdoor areas of campus, and that student organizations may operate on campus according to their sincerely held beliefs:

“Public colleges and universities are meant to be free and open for the exchange of ideas—a place where our future teachers, lawyers, doctors, judges, community leaders, and voters can exercise their constitutionally protected freedom of speech. HB 1190 ensures that public universities remain places where intellectual diversity flourishes and all students can engage in the exchange of ideas rather than being censored on campus. We commend Gov. Holcomb and the Indiana Legislature for protecting students’ First Amendment freedoms.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

# # #