Duke University: Administrative Ban on Faculty Member’s Website

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Duke University

At Duke University, the administration shut down a website after Professor Gary Hull posted an article entitled “Terrorism and Its Appeasement” that called for a strong military response to the terrorist attacks. FIRE took Hull’s case to the print and broadcast media. Shamed by widespread publicity, Duke reinstated Hull’s web page, but required him to add a disclaimer that the views expressed in the article did not reflect the views of the University. Duke has never before required any other professors to add such disclaimers to their web pages. That institution’s double standard is now out in the open.

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