Location: New York, New York
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit
Pace University is not currently rated in our system. To request speech code information about this school, please submit a speech code request form.
April 6, 2007
After months of pressure from FIRE, Pace Law School approved the constitution of the Christian Law Students Association (CLSA), allowing the group to pursue its religious mission. CLSA leader Cari Rincker tried to form a chapter of the national Christian Legal Society (CLS), calling her group the Pace Christian Legal Society (PCLS). In accordance with national CLS rules, she drafted a constitution that limited membership to students who were willing to sign and live by a statement of faith. After receiving hostility around campus, Rincker changed the constitution taking out the required statement of faith and adding, “Those that disagree […]» Read More
Red Light Policies
refusal to comply or to create a sexually intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational
environment. Sexual harassment includes a wide range of behaviors, from the actual coercing of
sexual relations to the unwelcome emphasizing of sexual identity, verbal harassment or abuse,
unwelcome sexual advances, and unnecessary touching.
University-designated property and/or facilities for staging a demonstration or rally.
either physical or mental, to any member of the University community are
prohibited. Such actions may include, for example, violence or threats of violence.
on the good name and reputation of the University is prohibited.
speaker's appearance on campus could reflect disadvantageously upon the University, an ad hoc
all-University committee will be formed to weigh the effect upon the University. This will be done
before the actual invitation is extended. The committee will consist of members representing, and
selected by the administration, faculty and student body.
The decision rendered by the committee will be considered as representing the judgment of the
the University in its endeavors to foster and maintain the freedom of expression and exchange of
ideas necessary to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and service. The
University strives to protect the rights of its students and employees (including faculty members) to
publicize opinions through written and oral communications; to organize and join political
associations; to convene and conduct meetings; and to advocate, demonstrate and picket in an
February 2, 2007
Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, is being asked to reverse its decision to deny recognition to a campus Christian student group. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the school refuses to give the Christian Legal Society chapter official status, even after “remarkable concessions” by the faith-based group. The Student Bar Association at Pace Law School in White Plains has denied official recognition to the campus chapter of the Christian Legal Society. The move comes despite the fact that the Christian group added “sexual orientation” to a non-discrimination clause in its constitution and opened membership […]» Read More
January 31, 2007
Forty years ago, it would have been bras, draft cards and Jane Fonda. As thousands of anti-war students crammed the nation’s universities and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) brought many a campus to its knees, university administrations struggled with balancing a student’s First Amendment rights against the need to preserve order. This balance, though, did not come easy. Students were arrested, suspended and/or expelled for exercising their rights. Even though a college campus was the origins of the marketplace of ideas, fear soon overran freedom, and universities placed the First Amendment on hiatus. The turmoil, though, did not last […]» Read More
August 8, 2007
FIRE’s press release today announces that Pace Law School has given final approval to the constitution of the Christian Law Students Association (CLSA). The Christian student organization had been fighting an uphill battle all year: it was first denied recognition by the Student Bar Association because of its explicitly Christian mission, and then was only provisionally recognized by the administration, which insisted on reviewing and possibly revising the group’s constitution, apparently in an effort to ensure that non-Christian students would be welcome. In March, 2006, Pace law student Cari Rincker tried to form a chapter of the Christian Legal […]» Read More
July 30, 2007
More information is now coming out regarding the case at Pace University where a former student destroyed a Koran by throwing it in a toilet. According to a recent news article, the former student, who is now out on bail, was caught because the police had surveillance footage of him leaving a meditation room where Korans were stored. If it turns out that the destroyed Koran was stolen, the man can most likely be charged with a crime. But, as Greg points out in an earlier post, authorities must treat this crime just like any other property destruction offense.» Read More
April 18, 2007
While Robert’s latest blog discusses the difference between public schools and private schools in relation to sectarian institutions, I’d like to discuss the dichotomy in more depth, especially in regard to the schools which Jon B. Gould mentions in his piece (subscribers only) in the Chronicle—Brown, Johns Hopkins, and Pace. FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus states: Liberal arts institutions that advertise themselves as welcoming the fullest pluralism and debate too often have little time, patience, or tolerance for students who dissent from the political assumptions of the institution. Unlike many schools that openly declare a religious or […]» Read More
April 6, 2007
On Monday, the New York Post published an article contrasting two university presidents’ attitudes toward free speech—Lee Bollinger of Columbia and David Caputo of Pace University. Bollinger, as Torch readers doubtless know, despite being a constitutional lawyer by trade, has repeatedly ignored the free speech rights of his students, only belatedly standing up for those rights on occasion. The Post article distinguishes Bollinger’s “acquiescence in letting speech be muzzled” from Caputo’s willingness to come forth and apologize after expression was squelched on his campus. After reports came out that Pace administrators intimidated the Jewish group Hillel into not […]» Read More
March 22, 2007
It’s been more than three weeks since FIRE announced that Pace Law School finally recognized the Christian Law Students Association (CLSA). The Student Bar Association (SBA) had denied recognition to the group on the grounds that the blatantly Christian nature of the organization would be unwelcoming to non-Christians. Pace’s decision to reverse the SBA came after FIRE issued a press release explaining the importance of free association. However, Pace’s legal counsel was set to review the CLSA constitution and has not yet made public its revisions. FIRE is concerned that any revisions may include significant changes to the religious […]» Read More
March 12, 2007
Two weeks ago we reported that Pace Law School finally recognized the Christian Law Students Association (CLSA). The Student Bar Association (SBA) at Pace initially denied the CLSA recognition, deciding that the Christian nature of the group would be unwelcoming to non-Christian students. After FIRE convinced Law School Dean Stephen Friedman to step in to correct the SBA’s wrongs, Friedman handed the matter over to Pace’s legal counsel. But a meeting between the legal counsel and the CLSA’s student president, Cari Rincker, revealed that the university was still worried about the Christian nature of the organization: Pace’s lawyers were concerned […]» Read More
February 12, 2007
FIRE last reported that the situation looked hopeful for the Christian Law Students’ Association (CLSA) at Pace Law School. The CLSA was denied recognition by the Student Bar Association (SBA), which thought that the CLSA constitution’s stated tenets of faith would make non-Christians or atheists feel unwelcome in the group, despite the CLSA’s explicit non-discrimination clause and statement that “everybody—Christian and non-Christians are welcome to be members and participate in club activities.” FIRE’s hope that Pace would redeem itself by recognizing the CLSA sprang from a memo that Law School Dean Stephen Friedman sent out hours after FIRE’s press […]» Read More
January 30, 2007
Hours after FIRE issued its press release yesterday announcing that the Student Bar Association (SBA) at Pace Law School denied recognition to the Christian Law Students’ Association (CLSA), Law School Dean Stephen Friedman announced that he disagreed with the SBA’s decision. In his memo, Friedman summarized the SBA’s position: Based on my discussions with Dean [for Students Angela] D’Agostino and with representatives of the SBA, I understand that its decision rested on a conclusion that the listing of specific religious tenets in the proposed constitution of CLSA was inconsistent with the SBA’s belief that student organizations should be broad-based and […]» Read More
DEVELOPING STORY AT PACE LAW SCHOOL: Christian Student Organization Denied Recognition, Dean Weighs In
January 29, 2007
Our press release today details the trials and tribulations of a Christian student organization at Pace Law School that was denied recognition by the Student Bar Association (SBA). Just this afternoon, Pace Law School Dean Stephen Friedman sent the group a memo saying he disagreed with the SBA’s decision, and that if the group’s constitution passes muster with university counsel, that the group will be recognized. Last year, Pace law student Cari Rincker attempted to form a chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS). The constitution that Rincker initially drew up for the Pace Christian Legal Society (PCLS) required […]» Read More