Anti-Abortion Student Group and Chemeketa Community College Reach Agreement in Federal Lawsuit - Community College News Now

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Anti-Abortion Student Group and Chemeketa Community College Reach Agreement in Federal Lawsuit



by Meerah Powell

An anti-abortion student group at Chemeketa Community College has reached an agreement with the school over an ongoing federal civil rights lawsuit focused on the legality of designating specific areas for speech activities. Both parties Friday jointly dismissed the suit.

Chemeketa Students for Life last May filed a lawsuit against the college’s board of education, stating the school was violating students’ first amendment rights by limiting speech and expression activities to two outdoor areas of campus.

Those “outdoor speech zones” at the Salem campus made up about 60,000 square feet, which is less than 1.5% of the college’s campus, according to the lawsuit.

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