An Ohio University student is suing the school president and two other top administrators who told his student group to stop wearing T-shirts with a sexually suggestive double-entendre printed on the back.
Isaac Smith, a leader of the campus group Students Defending Students, filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Columbus, saying that his constitutional right to free speech had been violated. His group offers free help to students who face charges under the campus disciplinary system in Athens.
The suit targets Roderick J. McDavis, the university president, Jenny Hall-Jones, the dean of students, and Martha Compton, director of the Office of Community Standards, which enforces the student code of conduct.
It demands a permanent injunction on parts of the campus code, plus lawyer fees and monetary damages “to be determined by the court.”