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, three-time SUA “Professor of the Year,” had recently criticized the university’s treatment of BIPOC students and was concerned about retaliation. On May 11, FIRE wrote to SUA, calling on it to immediately end its investigation into Rallin and honor its strong commitment to uphold faculty’s academic freedom rights.
FIRE Case Files
Soka professor unjustly punished for ‘triggering’ students with readings on ‘Writing the Body’ gets split decision from faculty committee of just two
June 9, 2022 | Read More
California writing professor investigated after admin calls works by black, brown, queer authors ‘triggering,’ ‘deviant pornography’
May 11, 2022 | Read More