On February 2, 2017, Santa Clara University (SCU) student newspaper The Santa Clara published an article about a $100 million donation from an SCU alumnus. The article included a comment from the alumnus that appeared to criticize an SCU dean. A week later, SCU Vice Provost Jeanne Rosenberger called The Santa Clara’s editor-in-chief and requested she remove the article. When pressed for a justification, Rosenberger referred the editor-in-chief to SCU General Counsel John Ottoboni, who would only speak with the newspaper on the condition that it would be off the record. In an editorial about the censorship demand, The Santa Clara said SCU failed to honor the “longstanding, explicit understanding” between the university and the paper “regarding editorial control over the content in this publication.” On March 7, 2017, FIRE wrote to SCU asking the university to reaffirm its commitment to free expression and respect The Santa Clara’s editorial independence.
March 30, 2017
Censoring is caring? That’s a poor message for a university to send to students — especially one that claims to value free speech. But that’s the line Santa Clara University is sticking with, despite criticism from FIRE, alumni, and its own student newspaper. The controversy over the act of so-called “compassion” started at Santa Clara in February, when its student newspaper, The Santa Clara, published a searing editorial titled “Censored But Not Silenced.” In it, the paper’s editorial board claimed that “for the first time in many years,” Santa Clara failed to honor the “longstanding, explicit understanding between the university […]» Read More
March 7, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 7, 2017 — Santa Clara University has an inconsistent track record recently when it comes to students’ rights. Last week the university defended the right of students to form a politically unpopular campus group. But administrators didn’t respect the student newspaper’s freedom of speech, pressuring students to remove a quote critical of a university administrator. Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is asking Santa Clara University to consistently respect the individual rights of all students. FIRE first wrote to Santa Clara last month after the Associated Student Government voted to deny official recognition to […]» Read More