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On January 7, 2020, following President Trump’s tweeted threat to bomb 52 Iranian cultural sites, Babson College professor Asheen Phansey posted privately on his personal Facebook page: “In retaliation, Ayatollah Khomeni should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb. Um… Mall of America? …Kardashian residence?” After the... Read more Read more


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During the fall 2018 semester, flyers titled “Common Sense” appeared on LIU Post’s campus criticizing university administrators, particularly President Kimberly Cline. In May 2019, just days before he was set to graduate, Jake Gutowitz received a letter from LIU Post administrator Nicole Thomas accusing him of possession and distribution of these flyers. Gutowitz attended a... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In November 2019, a committee composed of Truman State University staff and students refused to grant recognition to Animal Alliance, a student organization dedicated to promoting veganism and animal rights. The denial was predicated on the “emotional” risks that student club members might encounter from “hostile” responses from those opposed to their views, as well... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In November 2019, The Observer — Central Washington University’s student newspaper — published an editorial criticizing various departments at the university for requiring prior review of interview questions before allowing their employees to be interviewed by student media. On November 21, FIRE sent a letter to the university asking administrators to put a stop to... Read more Read more


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On October 8, 2019, after several hours of questioning and multiple closed-door discussions, the University of Scranton student government rejected recognition of a proposed chapter of Turning Point USA. On November 13, FIRE wrote to University of Scranton President Scott R. Pilarz urging the university to recognize TPUSA in order to adhere to the freedom... Read more Read more


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When student leaders of the Santa Ana College chapter of YAL faced pushback for setting up a free speech ball, FIRE came to the rescue. Read more


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On November 17, 2019, in response to the alleged use of a racial slur by members of one fraternity and amidst several other racist incidents on campus, Syracuse University suspended all social activities of every Syracuse fraternity for the rest of the fall 2019 semester. Despite the administration admitting that “only one fraternity may have... Read more Read more


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In response to hazing allegations in the fall of 2019, Ohio University sent cease and desist letters to 14 student groups, instructing group members not to “meet in any capacity, officially or unofficially” or “communicat[e] with and among the group via any social media platform or application.” OU also told the fraternities and sororities members... Read more Read more


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Since 2018, the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, has put up a 9/11 memorial display of small flags along a pathway. This year, YAF student leaders wanted to add a second display, later in the year, of small white crosses, representing the group’s pro-life stance. In August 2019,... Read more Read more


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In August 2019, Diablo Valley College dismissed Fernando Gallo, faculty adviser to student newspaper The Inquirer in apparent retaliation for the paper’s critical coverage of DVC. Gallo, who had been slated to teach three journalism courses in the fall term and serve as “lab assistant” for the paper, was fired just eleven days before the... Read more Read more



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