Johnson C. Smith University: Students Accused of Criminal Conspiracy Told Not to Speak Out

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Schools: Johnson C. Smith University

In May of 2017, North Carolina’s Johnson C. Smith University accused students of participating in a widespread “criminal conspiracy” involving allegedly fraudulent transactions on their meal plans — and ordered the students not to speak to anyone about it. This instruction chilled their right to speak out publicly, or privately to an attorney, about a matter of public controversy. FIRE wrote to the university’s president on May 23, 2017, calling on the institution to retract its breathtaking gag order.