Brooklyn College: Possible Investigation of Professor’s Expression

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Brooklyn College, City University of New York

In a direct attack on academic freedom and free speech, the Brooklyn College School of Education tried to silence one of its most prominent critics, history professor KC Johnson. After publicly criticizing perceived indoctrination and viewpoint discrimination by members of the Brooklyn College faculty, Johnson faced a possible investigation by a Brooklyn College “Integrity Committee” for his constitutionally protected speech. In a swift and crucial victory for freedom of speech and academic freedom, Brooklyn College affirmed that Johnson would not be subjected to an unconstitutional inquisition into his views. The college surrendered mere days after FIRE came to Johnson’s public defense.