After intense public criticism, Columbia University revoked its semester-long suspension of the Men’s Ice Hockey Club. Columbia suspended the club for the semester—effectively canceling the club’s entire season—for posting recruiting flyers containing language that some found offensive. FIRE, along with other groups and individuals both within and outside the university, vociferously opposed Columbia’s attack on free expression. Columbia’s Office of Athletics Communications issued a statement announcing a reduction in the club’s punishment. The club was allowed to engage in league play, but it remained suspended from its preseason and nonleague games. The club was also required to apologize for the flyer, attend “leadership training,” and remains on probation for one year.
October 8, 2006
by Michael O’Keeffe New York Daily News Aren’t people at Ivy League schools supposed to be smart? Columbia University’s administration still doesn’t get it when it comes to the First Amendment. After weeks of criticism, the university lifted the semester-long suspension it imposed on the men’s hockey club over a sophomoric flyer. But the club still will be suspended for two preseason, non-league exhibition games. “Unfortunately, Columbia continues to avoid addressing the underlying free speech concerns about its action,” says Samantha Harris of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonpartisan free speech watchdog. “Columbia’s president strongly endorses freedom […]» Read More