Identity of Speakers
Nicole Sanders was a student at Blinn College.
Other student-organized event
University administration not protective of speech
- No protest Occured
- Was Speech Code incident
|Students at Blinn College, a public community college in Texas, sought to collect signatures to form of a new student club chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, a libertarian and conservative youth organization. In connection with their recruiting efforts for the club, the students held signs outside the student center for an hour and a half on February 2, 2015. One sign read “LOL,” with the Obama logo instead of the O while another sign advocated for gun rights. During the display, an administrator, accompanied by armed campus security officers, approached one of the participating students, Nicole Sanders, and told her that she and her fellow classmates needed special permission to continue with their display of posters and signs. In subsequent communications, the administration told her that all expressive activity must gain its approval a month in advance.
On May 20, 2015, Sanders filed suit in the Western District of Texas challenging Blinn’s “free speech area” policy. The policy required that all expressive activity take place in a tiny portion of the 62-acre campus, and that all such activities be given prior approval by the administration to the extent they involved the distribution of any materials on campus. Sanders also alleged that one of her professors threatened her with retaliation, telling her that he would “protect me and mine” if she intended to take any action against the school.