Speech First v. Sands, et al

April 8, 2021

Recent Activity: September 18, 2023: Amicus briefs from twenty-one organizations were filed in support of Speech First’s petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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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