In a reversal, the state Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments that Virginia Tech's president should be put on trial for his actions during the April 16, 2007, campus massacre.
Attorneys for the families of two students who were among the 32 killed that day want President Charles Steger to be held accountable for delaying alerting the Blacksburg campus of the first two shootings by student-gunman Seung-Hui Cho.
He killed himself after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The court did not explain its decision after it rejected the parents' appeal in late February. The reversal was issued Thursday.
Justices are also hearing an appeal of a negligence verdict against the state related to the Tech mass killings.