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United States Fourth Circuit

Abbott v. Pastides, 17-1853

Held that the University of South Carolina did not violate students' First Amendment rights when it required a student leader to attend a meeting to discuss other students' complaints about a controversial campus event he had helped organize that was designed to highlight perceived threats to free expression on campus. The student, then president of the College Libertarians, and the other plaintiffs argued that the state university was chilling their free speech. Affirming summary judgment against the plaintiffs' claims, the Fourth Circuit held that the university's minimally intrusive resolution of subsequent student complaints did not rise to the level of a First Amendment violation. The panel also rejected a facial challenge to the university's general policy on harassment.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/16


  • Harris


  • United States Fourth Circuit


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