Appeals court will decide whether student complaints about intrusive medical exams get First Amendment protection

As federal courts stripped away legal protection for government employees to complain about their working conditions without fear of retaliation, one bright spot remained: Students aren’t employees, and when they speak at school, they retain constitutional protection if they blow the whistle on campus wrongdoing.

This is no longer reliably true, but a federal appeals court will soon have a chance to set the law back on course.

Milward v. Shaheen