Iowa college reaches agreement in free-speech suit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines Area Community College has reached an agreement about its leafleting policy after a student claimed it hindered his free speech.

The school says it is no longer limiting a speech zone to a table in the student center, and students will no longer need permission 10 school days in advance to distribute fliers.

College President Rob Denson says a court order issued Monday is a formality because the school stopped enforcing the policy on March 29. That’s a day after Jacob Dagel says he was barred by a campus security guard from distributing fliers that criticized college funds being used to subsidize student tickets to a conference on sexuality.

Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dagel, says they hope to reach a settlement soon.

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