Leonard Law

The First Amendment prohibits the government from making any law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble. USC, as a private university, is not directly subject to the First Amendment. However, the California Education Code, in a statute known as the Leonard Law, prohibits private universities from making or enforcing a rule that subjects an enrolled student to disciplinary sanctions solely on the basis of speech protected by the First Amendment.