A college sued by a student prohibited from passing out copies of the Constitution expanded free speech protections and provided $50,000 to the wronged student as part of a settlement reached last night to end the lawsuit.

Robert Van Tuinen, who was banned from passing out copies of the Constitution last September, filed a lawsuit against Modesto Junior College in October. A videotape of Van Tuinen being told he needed a permit and could only hand out the copies in a small area set aside for free speech at the college sparked widespread criticism.

Modesto has revised its policies to allow free speech in open areas across campus and agreed to pay Van Tuinen $50,000 as part of the settlement. Van Tuinen was assisted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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