July 29, 2014

EMU resolves lawsuit with Students for Life

by Geoff Larcom, Published November 21, 2013

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YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has resolved a federal lawsuit brought by an EMU student group and an external organization, the Alliance Defending Freedom.

The case alleged that the EMU Student Government’s denial of funding the visit of the Genocide Awareness Project exhibit, which appeared on campus April 11-12, 2013, constituted a violation of the First Amendment.

The University approved the appearance of the project the last academic year in a process similar to numerous other approvals that it issues during the year. The EMU Student Government never denied the group's right to have the display on campus.

EMU student leaders later decided to fund the project retroactively and have since amended their fund allocation policy. The student group, Students For Life, had asked for about $5,000 to pay for the visit.

Under the agreement, EMU will pay plaintiffs’ attorney fees of $3,000. The University’s insurance company, M.U.S.I.C. (Michigan Universities Self-Insurance Corporation), will pay the cost of the settlement.

The suit named the EMU Board of Regents, President Susan Martin, various employees in the University and EMU Student Government officers and senators as defendants.

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Geoff Larcom

glarcom@emich.edu

734.487.4400

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