Identity of Speakers
Jergins was a student at Dixie State University and the president of the school's chapter of Young Americans for Liberty.
Other student-organized event
University administration not protective of speech
University administration changes university policy as a consequence of event
- Incident Protested
- Did not involve Speech Codes
On March 4, 2015, students at Dixie State University filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against their university, with assistance from Fire. The complaint alleged that Dixie State refused to approve promotional flyers produced by the Young Americans for Liberty student group that featured images and memes showing Presidents George W. Bush, Obama, and Che Guevara, because the school’s policy did not permit students to disparage or mock individuals. On top of this, it alleged that Dixie State’s director of student involvement and leadership unilaterally decided that YAL’s request to stage a free speech wall event could be accommodated only in the school’s free speech zone rather than in the requested more central area of campus. On September 17, 2015, Dixie State agreed to settle the lawsuit and revise the campus policies targeted by the lawsuit. The university also agreed to train administrators about the campus’ new speech policies and pay 50,000 in damages and attorneys fees.