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Published August 18, 2023
The University of Wyoming has issued the following statement regarding today’s U.S. District Court ruling in the matter of Schmidt v. University of Wyoming President et al:
While the University of Wyoming is disappointed in today’s ruling, it will comply with the terms of the preliminary injunction while considering whether to continue its defense and present further arguments in the case.
The university believed its one-year suspension of plaintiff Todd Schmidt’s ability to reserve a table in the Wyoming Union breezeway was appropriate and lawful, especially considering his prior misconduct and the university’s legal obligations. Providing a forum for free expression and the airing of diverse views is a foundational principle for UW. However, the university must also prioritize protection of its students from unlawful harassment and discrimination. That was the guiding principle in the university’s response to Pastor Schmidt.
While the court found in this instance Pastor Schmidt’s conduct was not harassment or discrimination, the university’s right to regulate certain conduct by those tabling in the student union was recognized, and the university will continue to take lawful steps to protect the safety of students, employees and members of the public.