Free Speech

In the early 1970s, the University of California regents declared that they “deplore[d] the frequent use of campus student newspapers as instruments of socio-political advocacy and for the dissemination of lewd and obscene articles and photography.” In response, University of California, Davis created the Media Board, a committee of individuals appointed by the Chancellor, empowered... Read more Read more


Cases

In December 2019, St. Thomas University graduate student Natalia Garceau expressed complaints about STU’s Ed.D. program. The university summarily expelled Garceau, apparently without providing her any of the due process protections it promises to its students, including notice of charges, a preliminary conference, a hearing, and an appeal process. FIRE wrote to STU in January,... Read more Read more


Cases

On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education finalized regulations that guarantee college students important free speech and due process rights on campus. Read more


Free Speech

In April 2020, Whitman College instituted a policy of prior review of messages on student email listservs. This decision came in the wake of controversial posts on a “confessions” Instagram account, to which students could anonymously submit posts. Students used a listserv to engage in conversations about these “confessions” posts. On May 1, FIRE wrote... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In April 2020, Dickinson College’s administration and campus security team sought to identify the anonymous operator of a “menofdickinson” Instagram account, which posted misogynistic memes following protests against Dickinson’s Title IX policies. FIRE wrote to the college’s administration, explaining that Dickinson’s own policies recognize that speech remains protected even if it is offensive, and that... Read more Read more


Due Process

On April 8, 2020, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) student Russell Parker was golfing on his nearly-empty campus when a staff member ordered him to leave and threatened to tow his nearby car if he refused. Parker asked the administrator if he was “on some kind of power trip” and said he was “being an... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2020, Worcester State University students Anthony Winship and Alvin Marchena appeared before the Student Government Association on behalf of their proposed student organization, a student chapter of Turning Point USA. After the presentation, they fielded questions from student senators concerning their views and the views of the national organization. On March 5, the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The University of La Verne placed Professor Diane Klein on unpaid leave and initiated proceedings to strip her of tenure and terminate her after another faculty member, Assistant Dean Jendayi Saada, alleged that an offhand, metaphorical comment Klein made — a remark about “assassinating” Saada while Klein’s faculty committee was discussing whether to include in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

NYU Grossman School of Medicine insisted that its faculty members, many of them serving on the front lines of the coronavirus response, follow a restrictive media policy that requires them to refrain from speaking to the press without advance permission from the university’s marketing and communications administrators. Faculty were explicitly threatened with disciplinary action including... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Members of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Government Association,   including its president, were seen taking or trashing copies of school paper, The Commonwealth Times, on February 26, 2020 — the same day as a front-page story detailing SGA members’ infighting. FIRE, joined by the Student Press Law Center, wrote to SGA president Breanna Harmon on... Read more Read more



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