Albright College: Assault on Academic Freedom to Criticize Administration

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Albright College

Albright College unjustly brought charges of “professional unfitness” (read, courage) and “moral turpitude” (read, principle) against Professor of Communication Achal Mehra because of his criticism of school President Henry Zeman. Mehra found himself the object of bizarre charges and yet more bizarre campus judicial proceedings, all aimed at silencing his voice and stripping him of his tenure. In a great victory for freedom of speech, fundamental fairness, decency, and academic freedom, Albright College dropped all charges due to FIRE’s extensive involvement in the case. Mehra thanked FIRE for being “a source of inspiration and practical support in fighting back these kangaroo court proceedings.”

  • Yes, You Can Say That: Charges Dropped Against Professor at Albright College

    September 12, 2001

    It seems important to us at FIRE, in the midst of the unspeakable and wicked atrocity visited upon the United States, not to abandon the normalcy of our efforts to sustain freedom and decency on America’s campuses. We mourn with you, but honest labor and the struggle for liberty are things too precious to be set aside by unreason and brutal violence. In that spirit of defiance of the darkness, I share with you our latest news. In a great victory for freedom of speech, fundamental fairness, decency, and academic freedom, Albright College-in a case with which FIRE has been […]

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  • FIRE’s Letter to Albright College

    July 16, 2001

    As you see by our Directors and Board of Advisors, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals across a broad political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, legal equality, academic freedom, and, in the case of Professor Achal Mehra, freedom of expression and due process on America’s college campuses. Our web page,, will give you a fuller sense of our identity and our activities. We are writing to you in your capacity as a trustee of Albright College, as we are writing to the other […]

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