Due Process

As part of its “Forum on White Supremacy and Global Colonization,” Elizabethtown College scheduled a three-part event, “Mediocre + Multimedia Content,” in October and November 2021. The college limited attendance at the event to “participants who identify as individuals of color.” FIRE wrote to the college on October 11, calling on the administration to remove... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2021, two Tennessee Tech professors, Julia Gruber and Andrew Smith, created and distributed a flyer depicting professor and Putnam County Commissioner Andrew Donadio sitting on the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones. The flyer criticized Donadio after a dispute over the failed effort to rename a middle school mascot. Tennessee Tech disciplined... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On September 29, 2021, members of Emerson College’s Turning Point USA chapter passed out stickers reading “China Kinda Sus,” which featured an image of a hammer and sickle and criticized China’s government. Under pressure from student groups, the university informed the TPUSA chapter on October 1 that it was being investigated and faced “interim action”... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In September 2021, administrators at an Ohio public high school “collected” copies of a textbook used in a college writing class open to seniors at the high school as part of Ohio’s “College Credit Plus” program. The town’s mayor claimed salacious writing prompts in the book — a handful of the 600 writing prompts in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In July 2021, administrators at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School issued a statement apologizing for “failing to actively oppose the current state of US capital punishment” and announcing that teaching faculty would be required to “acknowledge and abide by” the administration’s “position” on capital punishment moving forward. The policy required faculty to avoid... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On September 5, 2021, a Harvard undergraduate student tweeted a screenshot of an email from a college employee requesting that he and his suitemates remove a flag depicting a bikini-clad Nicki Minaj from their suite window because it might be considered offensive. On September 10, FIRE wrote to Harvard calling for the employee to rescind... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2021, UCC nursing student Kaylyn Willis responded to an online discussion assignment prompting students to use their “critical imagining” to reflect on patients with chronic illness losing their support systems. Willis’ response, imagining a scenario in which an individual with ALS shot and killed her husband, resulted in her expulsion from the program,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In 2018, the Texas New Service, a student newspaper at Tarleton State University, published articles about allegations of sexual harassment against then-Tarleton Professor Michael Landis. In July 2021, TNS received a demand letter from Landis’ attorney alleging that TNS’ reporting was defamatory. Tarleton’s administration then directed TNS to remove all “articles/videos referenced” in the demand... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Si v. EVMS – Complaint Edward Si, a medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School, applied to form a chapter of Students for a National Health Program, a national student organization dedicated to advocating for a single-payer health system, in December 2020. EVMS’s Student Government Association denied the application because it did “not want to... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On August 11, 2021, Fresno State’s College Republicans quote tweeted a video of a military veteran saying people who don’t wear masks are “cowards.” The group responded that the veteran, who has been outspoken about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, would “break down” from hearing fireworks and that the “vast majority” of the military... Read more Read more



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