Free Speech

NYU Grossman School of Medicine insisted that its faculty members, many of them serving on the front lines of the coronavirus response, follow a restrictive media policy that requires them to refrain from speaking to the press without advance permission from the university’s marketing and communications administrators. Faculty were explicitly threatened with disciplinary action including... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Members of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Government Association,   including its president, were seen taking or trashing copies of school paper, The Commonwealth Times, on February 26, 2020 — the same day as a front-page story detailing SGA members’ infighting. FIRE, joined by the Student Press Law Center, wrote to SGA president Breanna Harmon on... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2020, Michigan State University’s president participated in an online question-and-answer session facilitated by the student government. After several anonymous commenters made remarks viewers interpreted as racially offensive, media reports indicated that the university’s police department was, at the request of the student government, seeking to identify the anonymous users. FIRE wrote to the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2020, student organization Sexual Health Awareness Group at Indiana University, Bloomington put on its annual SexFest, an event aimed at “providing information about and promoting safe sexual practice.” After a video taken at a SexFest demonstration on BDSM sparked controversy online, university administrators unilaterally canceled the last day of SexFest. While officials cited... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In January 2020, after receiving reports of alleged misconduct, the University of Northern Colorado banned all seven fraternities in its Interfraternity Council from conducting a wide array of fraternal activities during the spring semester. The restrictions encompass all activities related to recruitment, social events, alumni events, and other fraternal functions regardless of how small, brief,... Read more Read more


Cases

After a January 2019 faculty strike by the Wright State University branch of the American Association of University Professors, FIRE issued a public records request to WSU for particular Facebook comment threads relating to the strike. In the hundreds of pages of HTML code that we received, FIRE discovered that WSU often censored posts unfavorable... Read more Read more


Cases

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


Cases

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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