California State University, Long Beach: Student On Probation For Email Criticizing Administrators

Category: Free Speech
Schools: California State University – Long Beach

In September 2021, CSULB graduate student Aqsa Khan sent an email criticizing the psychology department and one of its hiring decisions. CSULB charged her with violating university policies that prohibit sending obscene or abusive and intimidating messages and using campus resources to interfere with others’ work, then placed her on probation. On October 20, FIRE wrote CSULB, arguing it is unconstitutional to punish Khan for criticizing the university. The letter called for CSULB to drop the charges and revise the applied policies so that they comport with the First Amendment.