Judge blocks UC from restricting speech

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal judge who found the University of Cincinnati's restrictions on student political speech on campus to be unconstitutional has permanently blocked the school from enforcing those limits.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black's order Wednesday also approved policy revisions he ordered the university to make in his June 12 ruling. He had found that the university violated the First Amendment by restricting student political speech to a certain area and requiring prior notification and permission.

Wednesday's order bars the school from imposing or enforcing policies restricting student speech in designated public forums unless the university can prove it's necessary for compelling reasons such as safety.

A university spokesman says the school revised its policy following the judge's earlier order and he knows of no plans to appeal.

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