Free speech suit targets student code at Ohio U

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit challenging Ohio University's student conduct code alleges administrators violated constitutional free speech rights by telling students not to wear T-shirts bearing a sexually suggestive double entendre.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) says a university spokeswoman said there was discussion about whether the shirts were appropriate but students weren't told not to wear them.

The suit against the president and two more administrators was filed Tuesday in federal court in Columbus on behalf of student Isaac Smith. He's in a campus group that provides free help for students facing the school's judicial process.

Members at an involvement fair wore shirts with a phrase that could reference that assistance but also has a lewd connotation. They stopped wearing the shirts out of concern they might be disciplined under the conduct code.