ACLU Sues UC San Diego on Student Publication

June 7, 2016

Months after the University of California at San Diego’s student government voted to defund a controversial campus publication, the university is facing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego.

The publication, called The Koala, was defunded after running a story that mocked trigger warnings and safe spaces. But by selectively defunding certain viewpoints, the student government violated the First Amendment, the ACLU wrote in a statement.

“Trauma is real,” David Loy, legal director of the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, said in the statement, “but censorship is not the cure, because it inevitably blows back on those it purports to protect.”

The lawsuit argues that the student government’s actions violated freedom of speech by denying The Koala funding due to its views, while it violated freedom of the press by refusing to fund The Koala while continuing to fund other publications.

UC San Diego doesn't comment on lawsuits, a spokeswoman told The San Diego Union Tribune. Back in November, after the controversial story was published, the university denounced The Koala in a statement on its website.

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