An Illinois college has reportedly reached a settlement with a conservative, Christian art student who said that the institution had discriminated against her and limited her speech as a result of complaints from other students.
Three professors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) will be required to attend training on free speech on college campuses as part of the settlement obtained by Alliance Defending Freedom.
In order to effectively dismiss the complaint, officials must additionally pay $80,000.
The court’s decision came little over a year after student Maggie Dejon was issued three “no-contact orders” by the school for engaging in direct or indirect connection with three other students due to their alleged “harassment” of her because of her political opinions.
Dejong obtained the no-contact order as her three-year degree program came to an end after her classmates complained about her social media posts on abortion and defunding the police.
Dejong disturbed classmates by supporting Kyle Rittenhouse and criticizing critical race theory, according to ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhoffer.
This outrage led to the university issuing directives that prevented her from fully engaging in class debates.
The institution issued the directives without first giving Dejong an opportunity to explain her stance and encouraged her classmates to denounce her for “harmful rhetoric.”