Freedom of Speech FAQs

Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of our society, and it has special importance at the University of Virginia. The University’s Statement on Free Expression and Free Inquiry describes the University’s commitment to freedom of speech as a public university devoted to advancing knowledge and educating students. Various University policies also reflect our ideals and our obligations under federal and state law. Below is a series of frequently asked questions related to the freedom of speech, academic freedom, the rights of student groups and controversial speakers, and our commitment to community safety.