Free Speech

In April 2019, Doane University investigated and suspended faculty librarian Melissa Gomis for curating a historical photo display, entitled “Parties of the Past,” consisting of photos selected from the university’s archival collection. Two of the photos showed Doane students wearing blackface at a 1926 masquerade party. During the investigation, Doane President Jacque Carter sent a... Read more Read more


Free Speech

A group of Santa Clara University students sought recognition for the SCU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, an organization dedicated to advancing conservative principles. After SCU’s Student Government Association denied the club recognition, citing its “ideology” and the existence of other conservative clubs, FIRE wrote to SCU on May 17, 2019, explaining that denying... Read more Read more


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The Daily Targum, the student newspaper at Rutgers University and one of the oldest student newspapers in the country, had been funded through a recurring referendum since 1981. Every three years, at least 25% of the students in each Rutgers “college, campus, or division” had to affirmatively vote to fund the Targum for the paper... Read more Read more


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Student members of a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Transylvania University, a private institution in Kentucky, were required to stop tabling because they didn’t have an administrator’s prior approval before engaging in “activism” inside the university’s free speech zone. The day before, members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America had tabled in the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 23, 2019, Williams College’s student government, the College Council, voted to deny Registered Student Organization status to prospective student group Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) because of the group’s pro-Israel viewpoint. Recognition was denied to WIFI even though it had complied with all College Council Requirements, making WIFI the first club in over... Read more Read more


Free Speech

A group of Trinity College students sought recognition for the Churchill Club, a student organization affiliated with the Hartford-based Churchill Institute, which is “dedicated to the preservation, dissemination and extension of the Western moral and philosophical Tradition.” After Trinity’s Student Government Association (SGA) delayed voting on the club’s recognition for weeks following student protest, FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 4, Columbia University was set to host a panel discussion on the rule of law in Turkey. On April 1, the university informed participants that the event would be postponed to a later date. While some participants and organizers had expressed concerns about the makeup of the panel, multiple outlets reported that representatives... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In March 2019, a screenshot of an Instagram post was circulated on Twitter, where commenters described the content as “racist.” The post depicted a mock campaign advertisement, encouraging people to write-in a student’s name for class president. The post contained various mock campaign statements, including one that said the candidate wanted to “build a wall”... Read more Read more


Cases

On March 2, 2018, FIRE requested records from the University of California, Los Angeles under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) about a campus speaking appearance several days earlier by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. Media outlets reported that several protesters were escorted out of the speech for heckling Mnuchin, and the Secretary... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On January 24, 2019, a meeting of the Portland State International Socialist Organization (ISO), was cancelled by campus police. Joey Gibson, founder of conservative group Patriot Prayer, had announced he would show up to the event, expressing hope that his presence would provoke disruption, and a student suggested that others should “Fuck up Joey Gibson.”... Read more Read more



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