August 5, 2008
Temple U.'s Past Policy Violated Free-Speech Rights, Appeals Court Says
A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that a sexual-harassment policy that Temple University abandoned early last year was unconstitutionally broad and violated students' freedom of expression.
The Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit—upholding a district court's March 2007 decision—said the university's policy could have stopped its students from making legally protected speech. The case was brought two and a half years ago by a former Temple