Johns Hopkins University: Viewpoint Discrimination Against Student Newspaper

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) dropped its investigation of a harassment complaint filed against staff members of a conservative student newspaper, The Carrollton Record. After several months of correspondence with JHU administrators, FIRE gained assurance that JHU is no longer pursuing the investigation. However, limitations on the distribution rights of campus publications remain and the university has not acted against cases of newspaper theft against The Carrollton Record. Johns Hopkins remains on FIRE’s Red Alert list.

  • ‘Dirty, Gorgeous’ Full-Throated Unfairness

    August 10, 2006

    Johns Hopkins does paper collection by John McCormack National Review Online When the editors of the Carrollton Record, a student-run conservative newspaper at Johns Hopkins University, published a story about how tuition dollars had paid for pornography, they were hoping for a controversy that would spark an increase in readership. On May 17, the day after they distributed the issue, all of the copies in the dormitories had in fact been picked up — but not because fellow students had taken them; they had, instead, been seized by the university administration. “I never expected this,” says Jered Ede, author of […]

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  • FIRE Blasts Johns Hopkins for Letting Conservative Paper Be Censored

    June 19, 2006

    Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland, is being accused of condoning mob censorship. An academic freedom and individual rights watchdog group is decrying school officials’ part in an apparent attempt to silence a conservative newspaper. In May, the Carrolton Record published an issue critical of a group that brought a pornographic film director to the JHU campus. Afterward, hundreds of copies of the newspaper were stolen; however, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the university administration “turned a blind eye to the theft.” According to the Record’s editor, about half of the 600 copies that […]

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  • This Month in FIRE History: Johns Hopkins Drops Harassment Investigation of Student Journalists

    September 25, 2009

    September is a notoriously busy time for FIRE. Looking back over the past 10 years, some of our most important cases have either started or concluded as students returned to campus. Since we just reminded our Red Alert Schools of their unenviable status, I decided to again look at a case from one of those schools. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has the distinction of having tangled with FIRE three times over the past decade. It goes without saying that this is nothing to be proud of. In September of 2006, JHU finally dropped its harassment investigation against the conservative student newspaper, The Carrollton Record (TCR). The investigation was prompted by […]

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  • Johns Hopkins initiates new distribution policy

    September 25, 2006

    New policies created by Johns Hopkins University regarding where student publications can be distributed are raising concern among some students and advocates following an incident where newspapers were removed from residence halls last spring. The Carrollton Record, a conservative student newspaper at the university, published an article last May criticizing another student organization’s event featuring a porn star. Copies of the paper were later found missing from distribution spots. Administrators said they removed about 300 issues from residence halls because the paper was not properly approved by the residential life department, as required by university policy. Another 700 copies also […]

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  • Johns Hopkins Drops Harassment Investigation of Student Journalists

    September 21, 2006

    BALTIMORE, September 21, 2006—The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has finally dropped its investigation of a harassment complaint filed against staff members of a conservative student newspaper, The Carrollton Record (TCR). After several months of correspondence with JHU administrators, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has gained assurance that JHU is no longer pursuing the investigation, but FIRE’s other concerns—about JHU’s viewpoint discrimination, indifference towards newspaper theft, and limitations on distribution rights—remain. “We are pleased that JHU has ceased its investigation into TCR staffers,” stated FIRE President Greg Lukianoff, “although JHU should have never investigated this complaint at all. […]

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  • FIRE Letter to The Johns Hopkins University President William Brody, September 5, 2006

    September 5, 2006

    September 5, 2006 President William Brody The Johns Hopkins University Office of the President 242 Garland Hall 3400 N. Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218 Sent via U.S. Mail and Facsimile (410-516-6097) Dear President Brody: FIRE is distressed to write to The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for a third time regarding the state of liberty on your campus. FIRE first wrote to JHU on May 19, 2006, to object to the violation of freedom of the press regarding The Carrollton Record (TCR). After receiving an ambiguous response from JHU Deputy General Counsel Frederick Savage, FIRE next wrote to JHU’s Board of […]

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  • FIRE Letter to The Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, August 9, 2006

    August 9, 2006

    August 9, 2006 Raymond A. Mason Chairman of the Board of Trustees The Johns Hopkins University 100 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21202 Sent via U.S. Mail and Facsimile (410-685-2365)   Dear Chairman Mason: FIRE is disappointed to write to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) once again to express our concern about the state of liberty on your campus. As you know, FIRE wrote to you on May 19, 2006 to protest the distressing state of free speech and freedom of the press at JHU (letter enclosed). The university’s refusal to recognize the theft of The Carrollton Record (TCR) student newspaper, the […]

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  • Student Newspaper Suffers Viewpoint Discrimination at Johns Hopkins University

    June 13, 2006

    BALTIMORE, June 13, 2006—Johns Hopkins University (JHU) ended this school year by engaging in shameful viewpoint discrimination and denying its students freedom of the press. First, JHU turned a blind eye to the theft of a conservative student newspaper, The Carrollton Record (TCR), then stifled its right to distribute in dorms while allowing other papers to continue distributing there. TCR staff members contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) soon after these administrative abuses began. “Freedom of the press and the freedom to distribute literature are vital liberties that should not be denied to JHU students,” said FIRE […]

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  • FIRE Letter to Johns Hopkins University President William Brody, May 19, 2006

    May 19, 2006

    May 19, 2006 President William Brody Johns Hopkins University Office of the President 242 Garland Hall 3400 N. Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland 21218 URGENT Sent via U.S. Mail and Facsimile (410-516-6097) Dear President Brody: As you can see from our Directors and Board of Advisors, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) unites leaders in the fields of civil rights and civil liberties, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, legal equality, freedom of religion, academic freedom, due process, and in this case, freedom of speech and of the press on […]

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