Free Speech and the Right to Associate
Texas A&M University is a public university. As such, faculty and staff are government actors (also known as state actors). The U.S. Constitution and, in particular, First (freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition), Fourth (protections against unreasonable searches and seizures), and Fourteenth (due process and equal protection) Amendment rights are guaranteed when government actors (faculty and staff) interact with individuals (students). The constitutional dimension of the university/student relationship is no more evident than in the First Amendment rights of free speech and the freedom to associate.