Free Speech

The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) announced that it had dropped its charge of "disruption" against a student humor publication, The Koala. The Koala faced charges after publishing satirical photos of a student member of a campus Chicano organization. FIRE wrote UCSD to remind it of a 1995 case when another UCSD student... Read more Read more


Due Process

American University (AU) has punished an undergraduate student journalist for videotaping a public speech by Tipper Gore. A kangaroo court at AU found the student guilty of “possession of stolen property.” Ben Wetmore was charged with seven violations of campus policy, including “theft” of Tipper Gore’s “intellectual property.” These charges came after a long history of... Read more Read more


Due Process

Students and faculty at the George Washington University (GW) continue to live under a nightmarish "Compliance Line" policy that invites secret allegations and investigations. The hotline, established in February 2002 and administered off campus by Pinkerton Security, allows charges of any nature to be made anonymously. The administration may then launch investigations and create secret... Read more Read more


Due Process

In an abuse of power incompatible with the minimal standards of due process and academic freedom, Bennington President Elizabeth Coleman fired Philosophy Professor Carlin Romano without so much as a hearing. Coleman, who was a well-known critic of the institution’s president, had his courses cancelled mid-term and was informed that if he spoke publically on... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The Faculty Senate of the University of Alabama (UA) has threatened the First Amendment rights both of free speech and of petitioning the government for the redress of grievances by initiating an investigation into the Alabama Association of Scholars’ communication with faculty members and legislators over proposed mandatory diversity training seminars in UA’s College of... Read more Read more


Cases

After FIRE was notified of advertised racial restrictions on enrollment in a course on Navajo history, Arizona State University declared that two English classes listed on its website as "for Native Americans only" would be open to all students. While the university insisted that this declaration reflected a "long-standing practice" of enrolling students in the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The city of Berkeley has passed a law making it explicitly illegal to steal newspapers. This decision came after Berkeley’s mayor was fined for throwing out 1,000 copies of a student newspaper that endorsed his opponent. FIRE has extensively publicized the issue of newspaper thefts on college campuses, one of which occurred on the Berkeley... Read more Read more


Cases

West Virginia University (WVU) has abandoned a notorious and chilling policy that quarantined free expression to two small areas of campus. FIRE first learned of WVU’s censorship zones from two WVU students, Michael Bomford and Matthew Poe, in November 2001. The students, who founded the West Virginia University Free Speech Consortium, have publicly criticized the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Florida International University (FIU), maintained ethnicity and race requirements for certain language classes. For example, certain Spanish courses limited enrollment to “Hispanic bilinguals educated in the U.S….whose mother tongue is Spanish,” “U.S. Hispanic bilinguals,” and “U.S. Hispanic Bilinguals Only.”; When informed of this policy FIRE explained its immorality and unconstitutionality to the administration. Following FIRE’s... Read more Read more


Due Process

Computer Science Professor Sami Al-Arian no longer faces termination for his alleged “disruption” of university activities, which FIRE protested through a letter from Alan Charles Kors to University of South Florida (USF) President Judy Genshaft. In the letter, Kors denounced USF’s termination of Professor Al-Arian due to FIRE’s belief that his firing was an example... Read more Read more



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