Emerson College: Conservative Student Group Investigated for Distributing “China Kinda Sus” Stickers

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Emerson College

On September 29, 2021, Emerson College’s Turning Point USA chapter passed out stickers reading “China Kinda Sus” with an image of a hammer and sickle, criticizing China’s government. Under pressure from student groups, the university initiated an investigation and suspended the group on October 1. On October 5, FIRE wrote to Emerson explaining that the stickers were political expression protected by the principles of free expression that Emerson pledges to uphold. TPUSA was found responsible for violating Emerson’s “Bias Related Behavior” policy and given a formal warning. FIRE wrote a second letter to Emerson on November 10 calling on the university to grant the group’s appeal and lift the sanctions. On November 14, Emerson rejected the group’s appeal.