Supreme Court to Decide if Constitutional Rights Can Be Violated

Supreme Court to Decide if Constitutional Rights Can Be Violated

( – For a case to make it to the Supreme Court (SCOTUS), there must be a compelling reason for the nation’s highest court to settle the dispute. In the case of Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, the SCOTUS must decide whether a student’s rights to free speech on campus can be violated without consequences.

On Tuesday, January 12, the SCOTUS is to hear oral arguments for this landmark lawsuit. The case centers on Chike Uzuegbunam, a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, who was stopped twice by campus police for speaking about his faith — even after he jumped through the campus’ hoops to comply with its policies.

Uzuegbunam filed the lawsuit in December of 2016, but it was dismissed in May of 2018 after the district court declared it moot because Uzuegbunam had already graduated. However, Uzuegbunam asked SCOTUS to rule on the case, believing the school must pay some form of nominal damages for its violation of student rights, even if they did change their speech policy after the initial dispute.

Luke Wachob, the Communications Director for the Institute of Free Speech, shared how this ruling could impact a wide variety of free speech scenarios:

The SCOTUS’ ruling on Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski is important because it holds the very foundations of the First Amendment at its core. The ruling will decide if Liberal schools can run wild without punishment for limiting free speech on grounds, or it could hold fast to the Constitutional freedoms we’ve been granted and hold dear. Let’s hope SCOTUS chooses the latter.

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