Court: University of Arkansas Limit on Free Speech Unconstitutional

April 15, 2006 - Posted at 12:58 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ A federal appeals court has said that the

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville must revise a policy that

sets limits on how often off-campus groups can use school


Gary Don Bowman of Cherokee County, Oklahoma, preached on the

Fayetteville campus twice in 1998 and returned to the school in

2000. By then, the university had set a five-day limit per semester

for non-university speakers.Bowman sued the university, saying that

the school was violating his rights under the Constitution.

While on campus, Bowman preached outside the Student Union.

Witnesses in a trial on his lawsuit said Bowman told students they

were going to hell because they participated in fraternities and


U.S. District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren dismissed Bowman's

lawsuit two years ago, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

said yesterday the five-day limit was unconstitutional.

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