Florida’s Seminole Community College censored student Eliana Campos when she tried to pass out flyers expressing disapproval with slaughterhouse practices. The flyers, which were produced by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was censored when an administrator proclaimed that Campos’ documents, “instill[ed] a feeling” in her that she did not like. Approximately one week after FIRE’s David French sent a letter to SCC, Ms. Campos’ free speech rights were restored. SCC also agreed to create a committee to review all of its policies regarding speech.
August 27, 2005
PHILADELPHIA — When part-time college student Jihad Daniel received a campuswide e-mail invitation to see a movie about lesbians, he balked.”These are perversions,” he replied to the e-mail’s sender, asking that he no longer be sent information about “Connie and Sally” or “Adam and Steve.” The next thing he knew, the 68-year-old student at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., was accused of violating the state school’s anti-discrimination policy.A letter of reprimand followed in June, describing his brief comments to the sender—the head of the women’s studies program—as “derogatory or demeaning.” He took his case to a Philadelphia organization that […]» Read More
August 21, 2005
An organization inspired by a campus fight over whether “water buffalo” was a racist slur has become the go-to group for college students and professors of all stripes who believe their rights to free speech have been violated.Since its founding in 1999, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has battled pro bono for evangelicals and atheists, animal rights activists and campus conservatives, and others who say they have been silenced by school administrators because of their points of view. With 11 employees in Philadelphia and a network of dozens of volunteer attorneys nationwide, the organization has grown from an […]» Read More