RALEIGH --A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction on behalf of a student group which challenged an N.C. State University policy that requires people or groups wanting to distribute literature on campus to get a permit.
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U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever issued a ruling Saturday saying the N.C. State policy violates the First Amendment. His order prevents the university from requiring any student, student group or off-campus guest to obtain a permit as is currently required.
Dever's order also says the school cannot impose restrictions because of the content or viewpoint and the potential reaction to the content.
A student group affiliated with Raleigh's Grace Community Church had challenged the university policy, which the school's lawyers said are designed to improve campus safety and limit disruptions to education.
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