Clark v. Bendapudi et. al.

July 2021
University of Louisville School of Medicine (ULSOM) (Public college or university)
Louisville, KY, United States

Identity of Speakers

  • Austin Clark

    Austin Clark was a medical student president of a pro-life student group at ULSOM


Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Recognized student group event
  • Incident Political Orientation:
    Right wing
  • Incident Responses:
    Student sanctioned
  • Incident Status:
    In litigation Federal District Court
  • Did not involve Speech Codes


According to his complaint, Austin Clark was subjected to harassment, arbitrary grading, and ultimately expulsion due to his role in organizing a 2018 speaking event featuring Alex McFarland, a well-known Christian apologist and pro-life activist. The lawsuit, which names numerous members of ULSOM’s faculty and school administration as defendants in addition to the president and provost of the University of Louisville, alleges violations of Clark’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.