The case of Urofsky v. Gilmore (2000) involved a statute from Virginia that forbade public employees from accessing sexually explicit material on the Internet on publicly owned or leased computers, except in conjunction with bona fide research projects. At issue were whether the statute violated the First Amendment rights of all public employees and whether the statute infringed on the academic freedom rights of faculty members. Ultimately, the Fourth Circuit ruled that the law was not unconstitutionally vague or overbroad and that it did not infringe on either the First Amendment rights of public employees in general or the academic freedom rights of faculty members in public colleges and universities in particular. In light of the significant issues that Urofsky raises about the academic freedom ...

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