The Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees voted last night to allow individuals and small groups to exercise their freedom of speech rights in outdoor areas of the Columbus and Delaware campuses without getting prior approval.
The vote comes three weeks after student Spencer Anderson sued the school for violating those rights when they confined him to a small area to pass out fliers and share his political views. The vote allows students to speak and pass out fliers everywhere except in parking lots, garages and driveways. Groups of more than 50 must also notify campus police two business days prior to holding an event. Trustees also voted to raise the pay of college president David Harrison by 2.5 percent. His base salary is now more than 263 thousand dollars a year.