Speech First v. Sands, et al

April 8, 2021


Recent Activity: October 25th, 2022: Presented oral argument to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Case launch: April 8th, 2021 (United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia)

Issues being challenged:

  • Discriminatory-harassment policy
  • Bias-related incidents policy
  • Computer policy
  • Flyering policy

“Through this elaborate disciplinary apparatus, administrators at Virginia Tech have intimidated students into silence, refraining altogether from expressing comments or viewpoints that might be perceived as controversial or offensive. This effort to restrict (and even punish) speech based on content goes against the commitment to academic discourse that is supposed to be paramount in higher education.” – Nicole Neily

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