Higher educational institutions; students & student organizations, remedies for certain violations. (HB228)

Introduced By

Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Higher education; students and student organizations; remedies for certain violations. Permits any student or student organization aggrieved by a violation of certain provisions of law relating to campus free speech by a public institution of higher education or any employee of such institution acting in his official capacity to (i) bring a cause of action against such institution or employee for appropriate relief, including injunctive relief, monetary damages, reasonable attorney fees, and court costs; (ii) assert such violation as a defense or counterclaim in any disciplinary action or civil or administrative proceeding brought against such student or student organization; and (iii) pursue any other remedy available to such student or student organization. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101765D
12/28/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/22/2020Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
02/03/2020Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (3-Y 5-N)
02/11/2020Left in Education


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.

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