Ohio University on Monday signed a settlement pact in which it agrees to revise several policies in the Student Code of Conduct as the end result of a First Amendment lawsuit from an OU student challenging that policy.
Senior Isaac Smith worked in coordination with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a national nonprofit that advocates free speech in colleges, to sue OU last July as a part of a national freedom of speech litigation campaign.
Smith and FIRE charged in that lawsuit that university officials illegally and unconstitutionally told students at the Campus Involvement Fair in August 2013 to stop wearing a T-shirt with the slogan, "We Get You Off for Free," claiming it was offensive. The shirt used the phrase to advertise Students Defending Students, a campus organization that provides legal support for students. Smith belongs to the group.
Smith and his attorneys were awarded $32,000 by OU as a result of the settlement, $6,000 of which goes to Smith directly.