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Students Sue UH Hilo for Violations of Free Speech on Campus

The University of Hawaiʻi was informed on April 24, 2014 that two students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that the University violated their free speech rights on campus.

Anthony Vizzone

Anthony Vizzone

Merritt Burch

Merritt Burch

A copy of the complaint can be found here: hilo.hawaii.edu/documents/Burch_v._UH.pdf . The

Click to read the lawsuit

Click to read the lawsuit

University has issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

“The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is committed to free expression and the open exchange of ideas. This case involves the application of specific campus policies that were implemented to protect those values while preserving the educational environment for all students. UH Hilo has initiated a review of the policies involved and the manner in which they were enforced. We will make any changes that are needed to ensure that free expression and First Amendment rights are fully protected.”