University of Illinois sued for allegedly chilling speech with ‘bias response team’

Speech First, a First Amendment advocacy group, sued the University of Illinois on Thursday, claiming that it suppressed political advocacy and instituted a “bias response” regime that chilled students’ willingness to express their opinions.

“On a regular basis, the University of Illinois sends a clear message to students who wish to engage in political and religious speech. There are some views that are welcome and others that are not,” Speech First president Nicole Neily told Fox News.

Speech First brought the case on behalf of member students attending the university. Several students, the group argued, felt uncomfortable either supporting President Trump or engaging in civil discourse that the university might consider biased or offensive — a charge the group says could result in punishment including possible expulsion from university housing.

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