Campus free-speech limits targeted by lawsuits

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Lawsuits filed Tuesday by an education foundation accuse three state universities and a community college of restricting free speech of students and faculty, the first public volley of a nationwide campaign to challenge campus policies it says are unconstitutional.

The cases involve T-shirt designs for student organizations at Iowa State and Ohio universities, a faculty blog at Chicago State University and a student at Citrus College in Glendora, Calif., who says he was told he would be kicked off campus unless he stayed within a designated area while seeking signatures for a petition.

More lawsuits are in the pipeline. Organizers say cases are to be filed in each of 11 federal circuit courts, and after a court rules or a college agrees to a settlement, a new case will be filed in the same circuit.

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