University of North Carolina – Wilmington

Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Website: http://www.uncw.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of North Carolina – Wilmington has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

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  • Code of Student Life: Freedom and Responsibility in the University Community 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    The University of North Carolina is dedicated to the transmission and advancement of knowledge and understanding. Academic freedom is essential to the achievement of these purposes. The university therefore supports and encourages freedom of inquiry for faculty members and students, to the end that they responsibly pursue these goals through teaching, learning, research, discussion and publication, free from internal or external restraints that would unreasonably restrict their academic endeavors.

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  • Code of Student Life: Harassment Prevention Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Hostile environment harassment consists of unwelcome conduct when:

    1. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work, academic performance, or living environment; or

    2. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, learning or living environment.

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  • Code of Student Life: Student Conduct and Appeals- Offenses 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harasses, abuses or threatens another by means other than the use or
    threatened use of physical force, including, but not limited to,
    stalking, phone and e-mail communication, that includes one or
    more of the following: speech or action that in and of itself inflicts
    injury or tends to incite a disruption, or causes substantial
    disruption, or reasonably causes fear of great harm, or that interferes
    with the educational environment or disrupts university programs;
    speech or actions that interfere with ingress and/or egress on
    campus or in any off-campus university programs or events; and/or
    speech or actions which are obscene, including but not limited to
    sexual displays which appeal to prurient interest, violate community
    standards and have no redeeming cultural, artistic, scientific or
    literary value.

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  • Targeted Christian Scores Major Legal Victory

    April 9, 2014

    By Bob Unruh at WND Officials at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington have been ordered to pay a teacher $50,000 in back pay and promote him to a full professorship, backdated to 2007, for discriminating against him over his Christian perspectives. The ruling from Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard comes in the case of Christian professor Mike Adams, who had faced retaliation, according to the jury, for his conservative views expressed in opinion columns, books and speeches. “This is a great day not only for Dr. Adams but for all who value academic freedom,” said Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot of the Alliance […]

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  • Dictators and Deans

    February 10, 2014

    by Mike Adams at TownHall.com I would not want to be a student on a college campus today. The university campus is the closest thing we have to a fiefdom in what is left of 21st Century Western civilization. Violations of free speech and student due process have hit epidemic proportions. Contrary to popular opinion, the professors with tenure are not the principal problem. It is the administrators with qualified immunity. They are gods. They are untouchable. They thrive in ideological echo chambers where they are shielded from internal criticism. Any hope of reform must come from outside the walls of the […]

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  • Fireworks Commence at UNCW

    November 30, 2013

    by Jesse Saffron On October 25, a heated exchange took place at the meeting of the board of trustees at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington (UNCW). The fireworks weren’t about school finances, or plans for new campus construction, but rather the rights of students accused of non-academic, “behavioral” infractions such as underage drinking, drug possession, and theft. UNCW is at the center of a collegiate civil liberties debate. For several years, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE), a fraternity at UNCW, was embroiled in back-and-forth wrangling with school administrators over alleged hazing and underage drinking infractions. The fraternity alumni and members felt […]

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  • Brave New Handbook

    December 12, 2012

    Author’s Note: This column contains extremely offensive language. Keep it away from small children. Come to think of it, you should keep it away from large ones, too. As a professor, I am asked to complete a lot of surveys. A few weeks ago, I received an email from a university administrator asking me to participate in yet another survey. The request began as follows: As part of an ongoing review, the Office of Internal Audit is gathering information on how UNCW employees use UNCW’s policies and the UNCW Faculty Handbook. You have been randomly selected to complete a survey […]

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  • NCSA, UNC accused of restricting free speech

    July 2, 2007

    A report published recently by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) criticized the UNC system, including the North Carolina School of the Arts, of violating the right to free speech guaranteed in the first amendment. In the report dated January 10, 2006, FIRE called the UNC system “…one of the most likely places to find rules and regulations that restrict expression or dictate matters of conscience….” The report, entitled The State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System, identifies policies stated in the UNC Board of Governors handbook, as well as in 13 of […]

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  • Republicans and Libertarians, unite!

    January 24, 2006

    Dear George: First of all, I want to thank you and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy for sponsoring my recent speech at Wake Forest University. I also want to apologize for wasting the students’ time by giving them some advice they really didn’t need. Please allow me to explain. One of the points I emphasized in my speech was the need for College Republican groups to form coalitions with other political groups – groups that do not necessarily share their political views – to combat First Amendment abuses at colleges and universities in North Carolina. I didn’t know […]

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  • Are colleges trying to be too nice?

    January 24, 2006

    RALEIGH – Can niceness be codified? Can you actually make a policy requiring politeness and only politeness? Apparently a number of colleges and universities across the nation, including some in North Carolina, think you can. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, an organization monitoring First Amendment practices on college campuses throughout the nation, believes that a number of the state’s public universities go overboard in trying to mandate niceness. In fact, a report that FIRE recently issued says that policies at many schools in the University of North Carolina system are overbroad and likely unconstitutional. “Disproportionately, we are finding […]

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  • First Amendment covers campuses, too

    January 22, 2006

    News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) The First Amendment creates a free speech and assembly zone from one end of the United States to the other. Except at UNCG. University rules permit outdoor assemblies without prior approval only in two areas on campus. Even then, administrators must be given 48 hours’ notice. Fortunately, that policy is under review — just in time to prevent a legal challenge. Two students, members of College Libertarians, led a peaceful protest in front of Jackson Library in November and were charged with code-of-conduct violations. The proposed disciplinary actions against seniors Allison Jaynes and Robert Sinnott […]

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  • UNC-G loses ground in free speech battle

    January 19, 2006

    Two UNC-Greensboro students recently charged with violating the university’s free speech policy are no longer in jeopardy of facing legal action. Administrators reprimanded Allison Jaynes and Robert Sinnott on Nov. 16 during their protest of the university’s free speech zones. Officials asked the students to move their demonstration to one of the two free speech zones on campus. The students refused, citing the First Amendment. UNC-G’s free speech zones were challenged again in December with the release of a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Robert Shibley, FIRE’s program manager, said the group has successfully challenged restrictions […]

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  • A right not to be nice

    January 19, 2006

    by Barry Smith Times-News (Burlington, N.C.)   Attached Files A right not to be nice, PDF, 109.5 KB , Times-News (Burlington, N.C.)

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  • UNC System Suppressing Free Speech on Campuses, Says FIRE

    January 17, 2006

    By Jody Brown at Agape Press A new report finds that 13 out of 16 institutions in the University of North Carolina system have at least one policy that “clearly and substantially” restricts free speech. The report — released by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the Pope Center for Higher Education — accuses UNC of being especially hostile to Christian students and their religious liberty. The report is entitled “Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System” — and FIRE’s Greg Lukianoff says what is revealed in the report […]

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  • Colleges to avoid, Part III

    January 17, 2006

    By Mike Adams at Townhall.com It probably comes as no surprise that the third university in my “colleges to avoid” series is located in North Carolina. Recently, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy published a report criticizing the UNC system for its blatant in intolerance of free expression. Of the sixteen campuses in the system, only one university – Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) – was not criticized in the report. While students in North Carolina may want to consider attending ECSU, they would do well to avoid The University […]

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  • That’s unconstitutional!

    January 15, 2006

    The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Two groups that often criticize the University of North Carolina system said in a report last week that most UNC campuses have policies that restrict free speech and violate the Constitution. Here are excerpts from what the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said about Triangle campuses. N.C. CENTRAL UNIVERSITY NCCU’s Guide to On-Campus Living provides that “[s]tatements of intolerance and/or harassment due to race, ethnicity, sex, religion, disability, or sexual preference may be subject to disciplinary action.” This policy is unconstitutionally overbroad because it prohibits […]

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  • Speech limits hurt purpose of college

    January 14, 2006

    By Ray Watters at Myrtle Beach Online GREENVILLE, N.C.—One of my funnier stories about college was how I got yelled at by three women the first week of my freshman year. It works better when you see me acting it out, so I’ll just cut to the punch line. My great offense was holding a door open for each of them. In the South. Horrors. It was a textbook example of what everyone had warned me about going to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Of course, all their warnings weren’t true. The seven people sharing my first dormitory suite […]

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  • NC university system under fire

    January 12, 2006

    [To view the television broadcast of this story, please visit WWAYtv3.com.] WILMINGTON — North Carolina’s University system is coming under fire tonight for violating the constitution. A new study says the state system has serious first amendment violations at each state school. The report’s called [sic] Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, and that’s just what the author is looking to create. The report was done by conservative group, the Pope Center for Higher Education. The group comes down hardest on the larger state schools but found plenty of fault right here in Wilmington. They say UNCW’s biggest […]

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  • Report: School limits on free speech illegal

    January 11, 2006

    News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) RALEIGH – Some public universities in North Carolina impose unconstitutional limits on freedom of speech, a report issued Tuesday said. The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released the report. “It’s a public school system,” Greg Lukianoff, interim president of the foundation, said at a news conference in the Legislative Building. “It’s bound by the First Amendment.” One example cited in the report was a prohibition by Fayetteville State University on vulgar language. Another example was the prohibition on “disrespect for persons” at UNCG. Later this month, […]

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  • City & State Briefs

    January 11, 2006

    A report released Tuesday says some campuses in the University of North Carolina system impose unconstitutional limits on freedom of speech. The report cited examples such as Fayetteville State University’s ban on vulgar language and UNC Greensboro’s prohibition on “disrespect for persons.” The report suggested the UNC system pay more attention to First Amendment freedoms. It was issued by the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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  • Report outlines limits on free speech

    January 11, 2006

    By Erin France at The Daily Tarheel Some UNC-system school policies of free speech and nondiscrimination violate the U.S. Constitution, according to a report released Tuesday. The report, created by the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, detailed First Amendment violations, including violations in UNC-Chapel Hill’s network acceptable use policy, and cites two examples of religious discrimination against student organizations. In 2002, the University asked the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to remove from its charter a provision requiring members to be Christians. And in 2003, the UNC-CH refused to recognize Christian fraternity Alpha […]

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  • Report blasts UNC’s ‘speech codes’

    January 11, 2006

    by Jane Stancill in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Most University of North Carolina campuses have policies that restrict free speech and violate the Constitution, according to a report Tuesday by the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.The analysis was commissioned by the Pope Center, a Raleigh organization that often champions conservative causes, and was conducted by FIRE, a national group that takes on free speech issues on both ends of the political spectrum.The report suggested UNC campuses are vulnerable to lawsuits unless they change their so-called “speech codes.””Hopefully they can bring themselves […]

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  • Report says state universities illegally limit free speech

    January 10, 2006

    Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Some public universities in North Carolina system impose unconstitutional limits on freedom of speech, according to a report issued Tuesday. The report was issued by the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “It’s a public school system,” Greg Lukianoff, interim president of the foundation, said at a news conference in the Legislative Building. “It’s bound by the First Amendment.” One example cited in the report was a prohibition by Fayetteville State University on vulgar language. Another example was the prohibition on “disrespect for persons” at the University […]

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  • Life and How to Live It: Part III

    July 29, 2005

    Going to the mailbox to retrieve and examine an annual evaluation usually isn’t a big deal at my university. Over the last few years, professors have seen few pay-raises. When we do get one, it is rarely enough to cover the increases in our parking stickers and health insurance. But, of course, the administrators live like royalty. One might say that the UNC system is the closest thing to a fiefdom in 21st century America. But this year I discovered that some annual evaluations penalized professors for failing to attend faculty parties. That could interfere with those professors who wait […]

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  • Judge Orders UNC Wilmington to Promote Mike Adams, Awards Back Pay

    April 8, 2014

    This afternoon, a federal judge brought Professor Mike Adams’ lawsuit one step closer to conclusion when he issued a judgment in the wake of the jury’s verdict that the University of North Carolina Wilmington unconstitutionally denied Adams a promotion to full professor on the basis of his protected speech.

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  • Greg and Ari on the Significance of Mike Adams’ Lawsuit Victory for ‘Minding the Campus’

    April 1, 2014

    FIRE President Greg Lukianoff and I have written a piece for Minding the Campus explaining the importance a federal jury’s March 20 verdict in favor of Dr. Mike Adams, who sued the University of North Carolina Wilmington for allegedly denying his promotion to full professor because of his outspoken conservative views.

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  • Victory for Free Speech: UNC Wilmington Professor Wins in Court

    March 21, 2014

    University of North Carolina Wilmington Professor Mike Adams won a significant victory for free speech in federal court yesterday when a jury found that UNC Wilmington had retaliated against him in violation of his First Amendment rights.

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  • UNC Wilmington Professor’s Day in Court Finally Arrives

    March 17, 2014

    Today, University of North Carolina Wilmington Professor Mike Adams heads to federal court to begin a trial that will determine whether his university retaliated against him for expressing his religious and political beliefs in columns, books, and radio and television interviews for non-university outlets.

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  • University Prof’s Christian Speech Protected

    March 28, 2013

    by Bob Unruh WND   University of North Carolina-Wilmington professor Mike Adams isn’t particularly reticent about his conservative viewpoint. For example, in his Townhall.com column only a few weeks ago, he poked fun at the idea a university should exclude a Chick-fil-A restaurant from its property because of pro-family views of the company’s owner. Such exclusion, which Adams described as “queer reasoning,” would make the university more “inclusive,” campaigners apparently believed. “I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve decided that our LGBTQIA Office here on my campus makes me feel uncomfortable. In fact, the rainbow is a symbol of hate. So, next […]

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  • Professor’s lawsuit against UNCW proceeding to trial

    March 28, 2013

    by Ashlea Kosikowski WSFX   WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Six years after a UNCW professor filed lawsuit against the school, the case is proceeding to trial. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, last week, a federal district court ruled that Mike Adams’ suit can move forward. Adams, a criminal justice professor at the school, sued the university in 2007, after he said he was denied a promotion due to his conservative political and religious beliefs. He has been teaching at the school since 1993. Adams won several awards, including the UNCW Faculty Member of the Year […]

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  • Nearly Six Years After Filing, UNC-Wilmington Professor’s First Amendment Lawsuit Heads to Trial

    March 26, 2013

    In April 2007, Professor Mike Adams of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington filed a federal lawsuit against his institution, alleging that he had been denied promotion in part due to political viewpoints he had expressed in columns written for non-university publications. Nearly six years and one successful appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit later, a federal district court has ruled that Adams’ First Amendment claim may proceed to trial. Adams’ April 2007 complaint, filed with the cooperation of the Alliance Defense Fund (now the Alliance Defending Freedom), accused UNC-Wilmington officials of violating his First […]

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  • Landmark Fourth Circuit Ruling Protects Faculty Speech

    April 7, 2011

    In a victory for freedom of expression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit yesterday issued a landmark defense of First Amendment rights for faculty at public colleges and universities. The Fourth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s ruling in part, holding that the lower court had improperly dismissed First Amendment claims brought by Professor Mike Adams of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In his complaint, filed against the university in March of 2007 with the backing of the Alliance Defense Fund, Adams alleged that his application for promotion had been denied in part due to […]

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  • NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ on Two FIRE Cases about Christian Professors

    August 16, 2010

    National Public Radio’s All Things Considered discussed a couple of FIRE cases earlier this month. Barbara Bradley Hagerty, reporting for the show, covered a poll of 1,700 university scientists at “elite universities” which found that many of them say they self-censor when it comes to talking about their religion: Contrary to the stereotype that most scientists are atheists, [Rice professor Elaine Howard Ecklund] says, nearly half of them say they are religious. But when she did follow up interviews, she found they practice a “closeted faith.” “They just do not want to bring up that they are religious in an academic discussion. […]

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  • A Disheartening Account of Censorship at UNC-Wilmington

    July 22, 2009

    Janet Mason Ellerby, a Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), who until recently also served as interim director of UNCW’s Women’s Studies and Resource Center, has written an interesting article for Inside Higher Ed detailing her frustrations with the administrative censorship she witnessed as interim director. Ellerby’s article centers on an incident this past spring when the Women’s Studies and Resource Center was forced by administrators to censor its presentation of The Century Project, an exhibit by photographer Frank Cortelle. The Century Project, according to its website, “is a chronological series of nude photographic […]

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  • UNC Rejects the Heckler’s Veto

    April 24, 2009

    The First Amendment scored a victory this week at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill when UNC removed and arrested six hecklers who disrupted a campus speech by former Virginia congressman and illegal immigration opponent Virgil Goode. Goode was invited to speak on campus by a group called Youth for Western Civilization. Problems with disruptive hecklers had been expected in the wake of a speech last week by former Congressman Tom Tancredo, another outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, which abruptly ended when violence erupted. During Tancredo’s speech, a window was shattered and police used pepper spray to disperse unruly protestors […]

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  • The Latest on the Mike Adams Case

    September 28, 2006

    As reported earlier on The Torch, conservative activist and UNC-Wilmington professor Mike Adams was recently denied promotion to full professor without an explanation. After seeking a written rationale (and being promised one), Mike recently received a memo informing him that no written explanation will be issued. In it, Department Chair Kimberly Cook stated: I am disappointed that you declined my invitation to discuss personally the decision on your promotion. My preference is to communicate this information to you in person as I have done with similar personnel decisions in this Department since starting my term as Chair. Therefore, I am […]

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  • Mike Adams Denied Promotion at UNC-Wilmington

    September 15, 2006

    University professor and conservative rabble-rouser Mike Adams was officially denied promotion to full professor today at UNC-Wilmington. Loyal Torch readers are familiar with Adams as he has written dozens of articles on FIRE-related issues over the years. FIRE first became acquainted with Adams back in 2001 when UNC-W decided to invade his private e-mails due to spurious claims that he had libeled a student in the wake of 9/11. As we reported back then: Four days after the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, a student sent [Adams], and others, an e-mail that blamed the United States […]

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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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  • UNC Greensboro Caves on ‘Speech Zone’ Punishment

    January 17, 2006

    Once again proving FIRE’s belief that universities cannot defend in public what they do in private, UNC Greensboro has dropped all charges against the students who protested the university’s “free speech zone.” As we note in today’s press release: This resounding victory for free speech came just days after FIRE and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released a report documenting dozens of policies from across the University of North Carolina System—including UNCG—that violate the U.S. Constitution. UNCG had been on the defensive since FIRE revealed in December that students Allison Jaynes and Robert Sinnott were to be punished […]

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  • Report Exposes Extensive Constitutional Violations in University of North Carolina System

    January 10, 2006

    RALEIGH, N.C., January 10, 2006—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released their Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report explains precisely what the First Amendment obligations of the UNC System schools are—and shows that most of them are emphatically not meeting those obligations. “The revelations in our Report ought to outrage everyone in North Carolina,” said FIRE Interim President Greg Lukianoff. “The UNC System is disregarding the First Amendment at public expense, each and every day.” FIRE […]

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  • The State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System

    January 10, 2006

    A Joint Report of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Executive Summary If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us. —West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson’s […]

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  • UNC Restores Tradition of Holiday Travesties

    December 15, 2005

    The holiday season is upon us again. Christmas trees, menorahs, and lights festoon homes and streets. Shoppers drive around mall parking lots in a desperate search through a sea of cars for a parking space. Holiday specials take to the airwaves. Americans numbering in the millions travel to visit far-away family members. And some students in the University of North Carolina System get their fundamental rights stomped on. Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. FIRE’s press release today details the newest story of repression in North Carolina’s public university system. Two students at UNC Greensboro (UNCG) face […]

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  • Please Don’t Hit Me With That—Keyboard?

    June 21, 2005

    This week’s Chronicle of Higher Education contains a special section on information technology that carries an article (subscription required) by UNC-Wilmington professors Jennifer Summerville and John C. Fischetti on the problem of “cyberbullying” in online classes. Having myself been the witness, and occasionally the victim, of a significant amount of good old-fashioned “meatspace” bullying back in elementary school, I was interested to see if our brave new cyberworld had truly modernized the institution of the schoolyard bully. The authors begin: For three weeks during the fall 2004 semester, we were harassed and threatened by a student taking online courses. He […]

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  • Prof sails against liberal tide

    April 17, 2005

    WILMINGTON — The door to the office of Mike Adams, associate professor of criminal justice at UNC-Wilmington, seems more like a window into his soul. The bumper stickers, fliers, advertisements, printouts and photographs attached to the door provide a vivid sociopolitical view of the office’s occupant.Can’t feed ‘em, Don’t breed ‘emEvery fourth baby dies from ChoiceStraight white male — The final minoritySo you’re a feminist. Isn’t that cuteThe door is so cluttered that its earlier decorations have been all but covered — most notably the sign declaring Adams’ office to be the campus “Men’s Resource Center.” The center’s mission, Adams […]

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  • UNC-W’s Form-Denial

    December 20, 2001

    Email from John C. Cavanaugh From: Cavanaugh, John C. Subject: UNC-Wilmington Invades Professor’s Privacy Dear _______, I am writing in response to your email. Contrary to some reports, Dr. Adams was never investigated, threatened, or sanctioned for saying anything by this administration. In fact, the administration on three occasions refused to grant a request filed to us under the Public Records Law of North Carolina seeking blanket access to his correspondence. We asked for and received the support of the Attorney General of North Carolina in denying access to Dr. Adams’ records to the complainant. We gave our full support […]

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  • UNC Wilmington, Without Shame, Invades Professor’s Privacy and Chills Everyone’s Free Speech

    December 19, 2001

    WILMINGTON, N.C.—In October, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNC-W) ordered the opening and examination of the private letters of a UNC-W professor’s email account. It is a remarkable story of abusive authority and hypocrisy. Four days after the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, a student sent the professor, and others, an email that blamed the United States for the attacks. She asked recipients to forward it to those interested in further “open” discussion. When the professor responded with criticism of her opinions, and when others to whom he forwarded her email responded with forceful […]

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  • FIRE’s Letter to Chancellor Leutze

    November 8, 2001

    November 8, 2001 Chancellor James Leutze University of North Carolina Wilmington Alderman Hall 601 S. College Wilmington, NC 28403 Re: [A UNC-W undergraduate student]* and Professor Mike Adams. Dear Chancellor Leutze: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, legal equality, freedom of expression, and, in the case of Professor Mike S. Adams, free speech and right to privacy on America’s college campuses. We are profoundly distressed by the threat to free speech and privacy posed by the […]

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  • The Source of the Controversy

    September 15, 2001

    Email from [the UNC-Wilmington undergraduate student]* At 04:29 PM on 9/15/01, [the UNC-Wilmington undergraduate student] wrote: To: the students and faculty of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington From: [the UNC-Wilmington undergraduate student] Subject: In Dedication to An Undivided Humanity The summary murder of thousands of people on the morning September 11th was a tragedy for the entire human species. It was an irrational act that can only serve the cause of irrationality. As we are members of a university, all irrationality deserves from us unequivocal condemnation. This is the place where, above all else, rationality must be kept […]

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