Cases

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


Cases

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


Cases

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


Cases

In October, 2019, two students walking home from a pizza restaurant dared each other to say the word “penis” in a progressively louder fashion, then replaced the word “penis” with “nigger.” The students, who were not directing the word at any other person, were recorded by another student, and the video went viral on Twitter.... Read more Read more


Due Process

In August 2019, Florida International University’s student newspaper, PantherNOW, announced FIU had denied it football press credentials for the current season after the newspaper reported last season that a player was continuing to play while a warrant was out for his arrest. While PantherNOW editors reported their credentials were quickly restored and the university said... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In August 2019, John Carroll University president Michael Johnson announced to student leaders that the university’s administration was unilaterally cancelling an annual, student-organized drag show set to take place just a few weeks later. In cancelling the event, administrators cited concerns about “divisiveness.” The show has a contentious past, having been postponed in 2009 due... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In March 2019, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Western Illinois University gathered in an open area of the University Union to advocate for the legalization of marijuana, holding a sign teasing the availability of “free ‘pot’ brownies”—brownies, without marijuana, inside of a pot. The students were stopped by campus police, who... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2019, Jones County Junior College student Mike Brown and a friend went to campus to recruit members for his student group, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). They set up a “free speech ball” (an oversized inflatable beach ball) and invited passing students to write messages of their choice on the ball, talking to... Read more Read more


Free Speech

During an August 2018 torts class, Professor Paul Zwier named a racial slur when discussing the first of two cases involving racial discrimination. After student complaints, Zwier was barred from teaching first-year law classes for two years. When a black student approached Zwier during office hours to discuss the controversy, Zwier told an anecdote in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In August 2019, President Trump tweeted that he was considering designating “ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror.” Jeff Klinzman, then an adjunct English professor at Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College, posted a response on an “Iowa Antifa”... Read more Read more



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