Racist comment found on blackboard at SIUE

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A Republican student group filed a lawsuit against Southern Illinois University officials saying the university is restricting speech on the Edwardsville campus.

The groups permitted speech zone reportedly makes up less than .0013 percent of campus.

The legal group representing the students, Alliance Defending Freedom, said in addition, all student organizations must get permission to use the speech zone. Campus officials also hold the power to decide who can use the zone and what types of literature can be distributed on campus, according to university policy.

Alliance Defending Freedom said that those officials are not required to follow any written criteria when making decisions about who can use the speech zone. Attorneys also said the officials are allowed to make decisions based on a group's viewpoint.

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