PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State University has released a statement on the settlement of the Meriwether case.
In a statement released over the weekend, Shawnee State University said the university has made the economic decision to settle the case involving SSU Professor Nicholas Meriwether, a philosophy professor who filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming that the university violated his constitutional rights.
“After four years of litigation, Shawnee State University has made the economic decision to settle the Meriwether case. Although we have decided to settle, we categorically deny that anyone in Shawnee State has deprived Dr. Meriwether of his right freedom of expression or his right to freely exercise his religion,” the university said in a statement.
On Thursday, April 14, 2022, it was announced by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a legal organization focused on issues involving “religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life,” and the organization representing Meriwether shared that a settlement had been reached.
“In this case, Shawnee State followed its policy and federal law that protects students or any individual from bigotry and discrimination. We continue to uphold the right of students to a learning environment free of discrimination as well as the rights of faculty, visitors, students and employees to freely express their ideas and beliefs. During this trial, it became clear that the case was being used to advance divisive social and political agendas to the detriment of the university and its students. This cost is better spent fulfilling Shawnee State’s mission of service to our students, families, and community,” Shawnee State University said.
In a statement released over the weekend, Shawnee State University said the university has made the economic decision to settle the case involving SSU Professor Nicholas Meriwether.