Duke University: Students Supporting Israel Recognition Vetoed Over Social Media Post

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Duke University

On November 12, 2021, Students Supporting Israel was granted official recognition by Duke University’s student senate. The next day, a Duke student tweeted an article criticizing the vote, complaining that the recognition showed Duke “promotes settler colonialism.” SSI published a screenshot of that tweet, responding to the student by name. On November 14, Duke’s student government president vetoed SSI’s recognition because it allegedly “singled out” the student. On November 17, FIRE wrote to Duke’s student senate, urging it to override the veto, as SSI’s post is protected by Duke’s commitments to free expression. That night, in a secret vote, Duke’s student senate upheld the veto of SSI’s recognition.