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OSU, anti-abortion group reach settlement

Published: March 5, 2014
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STILLWATER (AP) — Oklahoma State University has settled a lawsuit with an anti-abortion group that said it wasn’t allowed to distribute leaflets with graphic images on campus.

OSU and Cowboys for Life settled the federal lawsuit last week that alleged the university refused to allow the group to display leaflets and signs of an aborted fetus in heavily trafficked areas of campus.

As part of the settlement, OSU has agreed to update its student code of conduct policy, drop any verbal warnings against the organization from the event in question and pay $25,000 in legal fees to Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented the student group.

OSU did not admit liability.

An Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer says the group is pleased with the settlement. An OSU spokesman said the settlement speaks for itself.