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Virginia Tech Faces Free Speech Lawsuits

Virginia Tech has received lawsuits from the nonprofit Speech First claiming that the university has put overly broad restrictions on student speech and expression.

Speech First is a nonprofit organization that combats restrictions on freedom of speech and other civil rights on college campuses. They aim to fight against arbitrary censorship that violates the First Amendment. Speech First claims that students fear the repercussions for anything they say or do and lose out on a college experience.

Filed on Thursday, the lawsuit Speech First Inc. v. Timothy Sands is aimed at Virginia Tech’s policies on harassment, discrimination and computer use. Speech First claims these policies prohibit the use of free speech and students fear disciplinary repercussions. The lawsuit also targets the university’s ban on distributing literature or petitions without prior approval.

Read the source article at collegiatetimes.com

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