Forsyth Technical Community College

Location: Winston Salem, North Carolina
Website: http://www.forsyth.tec.nc.us
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Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

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  • Forsyth Technical Community College: Dismissal of Professor for Criticizing Iraq War

    November 12, 2003

    Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) writing instructor Elizabeth Ito has been dismissed for using a brief part of her class to discuss the war in Iraq. Ito criticized the Iraq war in a writing class on March 28, 2003, while the ground invasion was still underway. Her remarks, which later served as the basis for a writing assignment, lasted only ten minutes, but as a result administrators at the college decided not to renew her contract. FTCC President Gary Green subsequently ignored a request from the FIRE, sent on Ito’s behalf, for an explanation of the college’s actions.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Student Computer Use Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Prohibited Activities ... Accessing any material which would be
    considered highly offensive or inappropriate
    to the Forsyth Technical Community
    College community, such as pornography
    or other inappropriate material.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate,
    unsolicited, unwelcome verbal and/or physical
    conduct of a sexual nature or with sexual
    implications made by any employee or student
    when: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect
    of interfering with an individual's
    performance or creating an intimidating,
    hostile or offensive environment in the
    workplace or the classroom.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: General Campus Rules- Assault or Verbal Abuse of Persons Other Than Employees 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    A student shall not intentionally cause,
    or attempt to cause or threaten to cause
    physical injury, verbal abuse, or harassment
    or communicate a threat or direct any
    profane language toward any other student
    or Forsyth Tech agent, guest or visitor at
    any time while such student is enrolled
    at Forsyth Tech or while such student is
    on Forsyth Tech grounds or is attending a
    Forsyth Tech activity, function or event held
    off Forsyth Tech grounds.

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Green Light Policies
  • This Month in FIRE History: Dismissal of Professor for Criticizing Iraq War

    January 29, 2010

    In 2004, Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) writing instructor Elizabeth Ito was dismissed for briefly discussing the Iraq War in her class. After Ito’s 10 minute criticism of the war in Iraq, she encouraged her students to share their opinions about the war as part of an anonymous critical writing assignment (they were not required to agree with her). Afterwards, Ito was asked by her supervisor, Department Chair Susie Keener, and John Slade, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to promise that she would never discuss the war again in class. Ito agreed that she would not bring […]

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  • Liberty in the Balance in North Carolina

    February 1, 2006

    The number of battles FIRE has had to fight in North Carolina is staggering. Even before our recent (and victorious) headline-grabbing case at UNC Greensboro, we have defended embattled professors at UNC Wilmington, Shaw University, Forsyth Technical Community College, and Duke University; two Christian groups at UNC Chapel Hill; a student newspaper under attack at Craven Community College; and red-light speech codes across the state. The place clearly needs help, and that is exactly what FIRE is trying to give it. Last month, we (along with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy) released the landmark Report on […]

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  • Writing Instructor Loses Job for Discussing Iraq War in Class

    January 27, 2004

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC—Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC) writing instructor Elizabeth Ito has been dismissed for taking a brief part of her class to discuss the war in Iraq. Ito criticized the Iraq war in a writing class on March 28, 2003, while the ground invasion was still underway. Her remarks, which later served as the basis for a writing assignment, lasted only ten minutes, but as a result administrators at the college decided not to renew her contract. FTCC President Gary Green subsequently ignored a request from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), sent on Ito’s behalf, for an […]

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