Due Process

On June 15, 2022, Kansas City Art Institute began investigating incoming student Ash Mikkelsen after it received a complaint about their pseudonoymous Twitter account, which includes retweeted images of Japanese cartoon pornography, or hentai. On June 29, KCAI expelled Mikkelsen for “contributing to a hostile learning environment” and “potential sexual harassment” based on the “content”... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On May 25, 2022, American University Washington College of Law’s Title IX office launched a formal investigation into eight law students who expressed pro-choice views in a class GroupMe chat. The students disagreed about the leaked Dobbs v. Jackson decision with a Christian, pro-life classmate, who reported the exchange to AU, alleging religious discrimination. AU’s... Read more Read more


Cases

On April 4, 2011, the federal Department of Education sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to colleges and universities nationwide that led to vast Title IX overreach. The letter led institutions of higher education to crack down on protected expression and eliminate vital procedural protections for students accused of sexual misconduct. For over a decade, FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On May 4, 2022, the conservative Twitter account Libs of TikTok re-posted a two-minute video of Hood College Professor Simone Kolysh discussing their identity as a “nonbinary lesbian immigrant” and stating that conservatives are “the enemy” and will lose the war, the latter a reference to conservative efforts to pass bills relating to classroom discussion... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On May 16, 2022, the San Diego Community College District chancellor tweeted about an upcoming event featuring author and activist Alice Walker. After professor Inna Kanevsky replied to the tweet criticizing Walker’s invitation and calling her anti-Semitic, the chancellor blocked Kanevsky’s account. After complaining to her dean that the district was not speaking out against... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In March 2022, the University of Washington’s Faculty Council on Race, Equity, and Justice submitted to the faculty senate a proposed amendment to the faculty code that would require tenure and promotion candidates to “reflect on past and planned contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the self-assessment of their qualifications for tenure or promotion.”... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On May 11, 2022, a University of Hartford administrator sent team coaches an email about individual and team consequences for “any disruption” by student-athletes at the upcoming commencement ceremony. A year prior, the university president was booed off stage following an announcement that Hartford would move from Division I to Division III athletics. On May... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The Wichita State University Student Government Association defunded student-run, off-campus art gallery, ShiftSpace, after claiming it violated SGA policy by criticizing a SGA senator on Facebook. On April 28, 2022, FIRE wrote the university arguing the SGA had wrongfully applied a policy governing faculty and staff speech to protected commentary from the student-run gallery. Shortly... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2022, Eckerd College student Tony Salvatori applied for recognition for an Eckerd College Republicans campus chapter. On March 2, when Salvatori met with the student government to discuss the pending application, student senators said they had “problems” with posts on his personal Instagram account and refused to grant recognition. On May 12, FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 1, 2022, Soka University of America notified writing professor Aneil Rallin that they would face an investigation after students complained about material in their fall 2021 Writing the Body course. An administrator said materials by queer authors of color were “triggering” to students and failed to “create a safe space.” Rallin, a tenured,... Read more Read more



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