The ACLU of Colorado filed suit on behalf of Danny Ledonne, a former professor who was banned by school officials from the Adams State University campus in Alamosa, CO after he created a website criticizing various university administration practices.

From May, 2011, to June, 2015, Mr. LeDonne taught in the Mass Communications program and performed video production work for Adams State University.  In September, 2015, after his employment at the university had ended, he launched, a website that includes public compensation data and interviews with former students, faculty, and staff.

In the fall of 2015, Ledonne posted a series of articles criticizing the pay disparity between faculty and the administration.  He asserted  that the university had violated the Colorado Wage Act by not making timely payments to adjunct professors.

Two days later, University President Beverlee McClure issued a “No Trespass Order” to Ledonne, delivered at his residence by campus police chief Paul Grohowski.

The order declared that for “an indefinite period of time,” Ledonne was prohibited from being on Adams State University property and that his presence on campus “would result in his immediate arrest for trespass.”

In this lawsuit, the ACLU has asked the Court to immediately stop Adams State Uiversity from enforcing the campus ban, as well as to rule that the University president violated Mr. LeDonne's constitutional right to free speech and due process. 

In a settlement agreeement, Adams State University rescinded the order banning Mr. LeDonne from campus and agreed to pay $100,000 in compensation. 

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Case number

2015-19, 16-cv-00318,