The decision by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to reduce the punishment of student Justin Park is receiving attention from national and local media. Articles from the Associated Press, The Baltimore Sun, and Inside Higher Ed discuss FIRE’s efforts in this case, as well as our remaining concerns about students’ rights on the JHU campus.
As FIRE President Greg Lukianoff told The Baltimore Sun regarding Park’s decreased reprimand, “It’s a substantial change, but the fact that there’s any punishment at all, we oppose.”
JHU’s actions this year in Park’s case and the attempts at censorship of The Carrollton Record, a conservative student publication, have demonstrated that student liberties continue to be in peril on its campus. FIRE will keep its watchful eye on Johns Hopkins, and we urge students, faculty, alumni, and supporters of the university to do the same.