Temple University: Student Group Put on Probation Because of FIRE Speaker

Category: Due Process
Schools: Temple University

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  • Temple Student Government Backs Down from Discriminatory Funding Policy

    September 21, 2010

    Temple University’s student government has backed down from a viewpoint-discriminatory funding policy for student events. Temple Student Government (TSG) had told all student organizations that speakers who are “offensive”—or not “inclusive” and “friendly”—would not be funded. A student government leader also stated that the new rule would “not be found in any documents, but will be enforced by the [allocations] committee.” Less than 24 hours after the student group Temple University Purpose (TUP) challenged the policy with FIRE’s help, the policy was rescinded. On Saturday, September 11, 2010, at a meeting for student organization leaders, TUP President Alvaro Watson was […]

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  • At Temple University, ‘That Word Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means’

    May 19, 2010

    Temple University, I must say, has the most arbitrary processes I’ve ever seen. Its administrators either have no idea what they are doing or else they actually have no concern whatsoever for justice or even for the English language. I’m not just talking about Temple’s exceedingly poor treatment of student Christian DeJohn, which led to an embarrassing loss at the Third Circuit when the court agreed with a lower court in throwing out Temple’s unconstitutional speech code. Actually, it was Temple’s former speech code, since Temple had changed it but kept defending the old one, so the courts simply didn’t […]

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  • ‘Temple News’ Reports on Student Group Probation, Blasts University

    April 27, 2010

    Torch readers will remember the ongoing struggles of Temple University Purpose, the Temple student organization put on probation earlier this month for hosting FIRE President Greg Lukianoff without notifying the Student Center that Greg is “political” or “controversial.” TU Purpose believed—correctly!—that Greg is neither, but the Student Center administration disagreed and decided to punish the group for failing to fill out the paperwork as they thought should be done. As Greg observed in a recent column for The Huffington Post, TU Purpose’s punishment was more likely due to the group’s penchant for inviting controversial figures to campus than to Greg’s […]

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  • Greg in ‘Huffington Post’ on His Uncontroversial Controversial Speech at Temple

    April 23, 2010

    Last week, a student group at Temple University was put on probation for bringing FIRE President Greg Lukianoff to speak on campus. The group, Temple University Purpose, was notified of its probation on the morning of Greg’s speech. The university official responsible for this decision justified it by deciding that Greg would need a security officer and that therefore the group did not fill out the appropriate paperwork. In The Huffington Post this morning, Greg followed up on his speech and wrote about just how controversial and unruly it really was. As he says: But the grandiosity that the Temple […]

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  • Temple Student Group Placed on Probation for Inviting Me to Speak?

    April 14, 2010

    A Temple University student group was notified this morning that it was on probation because of me. Apparently Temple just decided I am either so dangerous or so important that I need security for a lecture on campus tonight (I promise I am neither), but since the group sponsoring me did not request security, it is on probation effective immediately. Never mind that I’ve given perhaps hundreds of lectures and never needed security except once—when I was on a panel at NYU about the Danish Mohammed cartoons (and frankly, it was the other panelists who needed protection). Never mind that […]

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  • To Be or Not to Be…Politically Correct: Greg Lukianoff Speaking Tonight at Temple University on “Unlearning Liberty

    April 14, 2010

    Tonight, Temple University student group Temple University Purpose will host FIRE President Greg Lukianoff for a lecture discussing how students are “Unlearning Liberty” when they witness administrators censoring their fellow students. From these acts of censorship, students learn that they should follow administrators’ example to seek punishment for protected expression. Greg’s “Unlearning Liberty” series has been presented at universities across the country and is the subject of his forthcoming book. The speech is especially pertinent as Temple recently charged Temple University Purpose an unconstitutional security fee for hosting controversial speaker Geert Wilders and has refused to clarify publicly that unpopular […]

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