California State University – San Marcos: Disciplinary Investigation of Humor Magazine

Category: Free Speech
Schools: California State University – San Marcos

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  • ACLU-SD Calls on OCR Not to Investigate Free Speech at CSU-San Marcos

    November 30, 2011

    Yesterday we wrote about our fight for free speech at California State University-San Marcos (CSUSM), where several students were investigated for their possible involvement with the satirical campus magazine The Koala. While CSUSM has now suspended all investigations following FIRE’s intervention, CSUSM faces the prospect of an investigation by the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), after some students submitted a Title IX complaint about the publication. (OCR refused to share any portion of the complaint with FIRE when we requested it under the Freedom of Information Act.) We wrote to Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali […]

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  • California State University-San Marcos Suspends Investigation of Students over Protected Speech in Humor Magazine ‘The Koala’

    November 29, 2011

    Under pressure from FIRE and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLU-SD), California State University–San Marcos (CSUSM) has suspended its investigation of several students who might be affiliated with anonymous humor magazine The Koala. Today, in the face of a Title IX complaint about The Koala that the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) refuses to release, FIRE and the ACLU-SD have also urged OCR that it must not coerce CSUSM to investigate, censor, or punish protected expression such as the material in The Koala. On September 27, 2011, Volume 2, Issue 1 of The Koala was published […]

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