Ohio University settles lawsuit over students' free speech



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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University has agreed to revise its student conduct code and pay $32,000 to a student and his attorneys to settle a lawsuit that challenged that code.

The lawsuit filed last summer on behalf of Isaac Smith alleged administrators violated constitutional free speech rights by telling students not to wear T-shirts bearing a sexually suggestive double entendre.

The university says educators suggested Smith consider whether the shirts were appropriate but never told students not to wear them or threatened discipline. A university statement says it supports students' right to free speech.

It says it agreed to pay Smith in exchange for him dismissing the case to avoid further expense for the university.

In a statement released by an advocacy group, Smith says he's glad the school is revising its policies.

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