Virginia: Bill Would Eliminate Unconstitutional ‘Free Speech Zones’

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  • Virginia Bans Unconstitutional Campus ‘Free Speech Zones’

    April 7, 2014

    On Friday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill into law effectively designating outdoor areas on the Commonwealth’s public college campuses as public forums where student speech is subject only to reasonable, content- and viewpoint-neutral time, place, and manner restrictions. Under this new law, college students at Virginia’s public universities will not be limited to expressing themselves in tiny “free speech zones” or subject to unreasonable registration requirements.

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  • Virginia Legislature Considers Bills to Safeguard Student Rights

    January 15, 2014

    Yesterday, we reported on Virginia Delegate Scott Lingamfelter’s bill that would prohibit public colleges in Virginia from misusing “time, place, and manner” restrictions in violation of the First Amendment. Today, we’re happy to bring you news of yet another Virginia bill that would safeguard the rights of students at Virginia’s public institutions of higher education. Following in North Carolina’s footsteps, Delegate Rick Morris has introduced a bill that would grant students facing serious non-academic disciplinary charges the right to be represented by an attorney or other advocate of the student’s choosing. HB 1123 provides, in part: Any student enrolled at a public institution of higher education […]

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