Syracuse University (SU) College of Law student Zachary Greenberg has inspired his peers to take a significant step toward revising an unconstitutional speech code: the university’s overbroad and vague policy on online harassment.» Read More
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Schools: Syracuse University
Cases: Syracuse University: Education Student Expelled over Facebook Comments Syracuse University: Disciplinary Investigations of Satirical Law School Blog
Writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education last week, Christopher Shea took a thorough look at the legal and practical circumstances surrounding the California State University System’s decision to derecognize the student group InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the system’s 23 campuses because of the group’s refusal to adopt an “all-comers” policy. All-comers policies require groups to accept any student, even as a voting member or leader, and even when that student is hostile to the mission of the group, thus putting the core message and beliefs of the group at risk.» Read More
Victory: Bogus Sanctions Against Pro-Palestinian Group for ‘Political’ Speech Dropped at Montclair State
After facing sanctions from the Montclair State University (MSU) Student Government Association (SGA), members of the Montclair Students for Justice in Palestine (MSJP) chapter are once again able to practice their free speech rights on the New Jersey public institution’s campus.» Read More
Neil Ross of the UK-based spiked magazine published an engaging review today of FIRE President Greg Lukianoff’s recent broadside, Freedom From Speech (available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions).» Read More
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Disappointingly, in just the past two weeks FIRE has learned from the Student Press Law Center’s (SPLC’s) website about three incidents of people stealing student newspapers on college campuses in apparent attempts to censor specific stories. In alarmingly short order, hundreds of copies of the student newspapers at Pepperdine University, Iowa State University, and Elmhurst College in Illinois were stolen. The responsible parties at Elmhurst, at least, will be punished.» Read More
Cameron University got a mention on The Torch last May for its unconstitutional restrictions on student speech and for one administrator’s patently incorrect suggestion that university policies trump the First Amendment.
As I reported at the time, Cameron student Daniel Harper filed suit against the public university in Oklahoma after he was told he could not distribute his flyers criticizing a religious group because they were allegedly “offensive” and “discriminatory.” The university’s “Expressive Activity” policy also stated that materials to be distributed must be approved by the Director of Student Development in advance. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represented Harper, reported last week that Cameron has revised its speech codes in order to comply with the First Amendment.» Read More
A few weeks ago, FIRE wrote to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) to urge administrators to rescind sanctions for seven charges against the Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority based on a “Taco Tuesday”-themed event at which some members wore stereotypically Mexican clothing items. Peter Bonilla, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, has the story over at The Daily Caller—and yeah, it’s really as loco as it sounds.» Read More
The State University of New York (SUNY) system is taking major steps to standardize its sexual assault policies across all 64 of its campuses. Last week, at the urging of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, SUNY’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution (PDF) to require, among other things, that SUNY students receive “affirmative consent” for sexual activity. It’s written a little differently than California’s new law, which we have covered extensively on The Torch, but it’s also problematic.» Read More
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Today, FIRE is proud to announce the release of our newest video, an interview with legendary critic and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff. In the interview, recorded this past April at his New York City residence, Hentoff explains the unique power of the First Amendment, discusses his lifelong love of jazz, and emphasizes the importance of FIRE’s work on our nation’s campuses.» Read More
FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be appearing on FOX Business’s The Independents tonight at 9:45 p.m. Eastern. Greg will be discussing his most recent book, Freedom From Speech, with hosts Kmele Foster, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, and Matt Welch.
Make sure you tune in to FOX Business at 9:45 p.m. ET to see Greg!
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