Gutterman v. Indiana University

Students do not lose their protected rights just because they live on a university campus.

In the fall of 2018, Cameron Gutterman, Dale Nelson, Hunter Johnson and Brian Hiltunen were Indiana University Bloomington freshmen who decided to check out Greek life. They pledged Beta Theta Pi fraternity, an affiliation they continue to enjoy today as juniors who live in the fraternity house on campus.

Also in the fall of 2018, Indiana University launched against Beta Theta Pi a hazing investigation, imposing sanctions against the fraternity at its conclusion.

No wrongdoing ever was alleged against Gutterman, Nelson, Johnson or Hiltunen. Yet university officials searched their student ID card swipe data as part of their investigation. Without requesting or gaining pre-compliance, they reviewed records detailing the students’ comings and goings around campus, violating the students’ civil rights.

“Students don’t give up their constitutional rights just because they live in state university dormitories,” said Jeffrey Schwab, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center. “If state universities are going to collect data on student movements in and out of college buildings and dorm rooms, then they must take steps to protect that data and establish a process before accessing it to protect their students’ privacy.”

Best known for its landmark Janus v. AFSCME victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Liberty Justice Center has filed a federal lawsuit, Gutterman v. Indiana University, on the students’ behalf against IU and university President Michael McRobbie. The complaint alleges Fourth and 14th Amendment violations as well as breach of the contract existing between university and student.


Jeffrey Schwab

Jeffrey M. Schwab

Jeffrey M. Schwab is a Senior Counsel at the Liberty Justice Center, where he litigates cases to protect the rights to free speech, economic liberty, private property and other Constitutional rights in both federal and state courts across the country.

Riley Stephens

Reilly Stephens

Reilly Stephens is a Counsel at Liberty Justice Center where he assists in cases to protect the rights to free speech, economic liberty, private property, and other Constitutional rights in courts across the country.

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The College Fix
December 8, 2020

(The College Fix) – ANALYSIS: Lawsuit filed over swipe-card data collection could pave way for precedent on students’ Fourth Amendment rights An important lawsuit is unfolding that has the potential to affect the Constitutional rights of college students across the United States. College students don’t sign away their privacy rights...

The Indiana Lawyer
October 29, 2020

(The Indiana Lawyer) – According to the complaint, the four plaintiffs were freshman pledges to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity when IU began investigating allegations of a hazing incident in the fall of 2018. The plaintiffs told the university they were in their dorm rooms at the time in question,...

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Gutterman v. Indiana University


October 29, 2020


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana




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