Long Island University Post: Student Called to Mandatory Meeting over Non-Threatening Recreational Shooting Pictures
In August 2018, Long Island University Post (LIU Post) Director of Student Engagement Ashley John interrupted Anand Venigalla’s summer vacation, summoning him to campus for a mandatory meeting. John questioned Venigalla about photos on his personal Facebook account showing his participation in a recreational firearms event hosted by a sporting goods store, his criticism of the Greek life system, and an academic paper he had written the previous year about terrorism. FIRE wrote to LIU Post on August 31, and again on October 10 to voice concerns about the university’s violation of its free speech commitments.
New York college summons student to a meeting for holding unloaded guns in off-campus Facebook video
October 10, 2018
BROOKVILLE, N.Y, Oct. 10, 2018 — He held a gun. Then his college held a meeting. In another shot to individual rights on college campuses, administrators at Long Island University Post called a student to a mandatory meeting after he posted photos and videos to Facebook showing him legally holding unloaded firearms at an off-campus event hosted by Cabela’s, the popular outdoor sporting goods chain. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education today is calling on LIU to acknowledge that mandatory administrative meetings about non-threatening social media posts chill individual rights. “By calling in a student for a mandatory meeting […]» Read More