In 1990, a group of gay rights and pro-choice
activists (it is unclear how many, if any, were students) were
denied the use of campus space to plan a protest of an upcoming
visit to campus by the Bishop of Boston. The University officials
may have believed that the protest being planned would aim to be
aggressively disruptive of the Bishop's visit. The group refused
to pay a $200 fee for police coverage of an event open to the
public. Police blocked the meeting room.

In 1998, an appellate court ruled that the university had
violated the activists' civil rights by arbitrarily applying its
facilities use policy, which gave too much power to deny space on
the basis of the content of a requestor's message.