A lawsuit filed by Virginia Tech University students alleges the university violated its student-athlete privacy by deleting information from its website that was not protected under the First Amendment.
The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., claims the school’s website, the university’s athletics department website, and a Facebook group that is associated with Virginia Tech were all deleted on May 24 and 25.
The students claim that they were told that the data would be “cleared and archived,” but that it never came.
The lawsuit also alleges that university administrators violated the student-protocols of student-run websites.
The lawsuit, filed by students James K. and Katie F. Hannon, alleges that the deletion of the information occurred after the university sent a “private message” to them.
In a private message, university administrators told the students that they should not post any information they have not approved of.
In the message, a university official said that the students’ privacy was being violated by deleting data.
The email was sent to the students on May 25 and the students say they received no response.
Virginia Tech has a student-safety policy that requires students to post on the university website when they have been diagnosed with an illness.
In the lawsuit, the Hannon and K.H.
Hannon’s attorney, Daniel E. Luszczyk, said that when they were contacted about the deletion, they told administrators that the information was not a public record.
The attorneys said that they received a message from a university administrator on May 26 that stated that all data had been deleted.
In an interview with NBC News on Monday, LusZczyk said that his clients were told by administrators that they would be notified about the information being deleted on Wednesday.
Lauszczy said that students who want to see their data should contact the student information office.
The attorney said that although the university did not immediately reply to requests for comment, the school did not delete the information from the university site.
Luszcyk said that he has not seen a copy of the university policy that instructed students not to share their information with anyone.
He also said that administrators are in the process of updating their privacy policies.
In October, Virginia State Police arrested a student in connection with the May 24 death of a Virginia Tech student.
The student, who is in his 20s, was found dead at the university.