Syracuse University: Investigation into Professor for Reference to “Wuhan Flu” on Course Syllabus

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Syracuse University

On September 22, 2020, FIRE wrote to Syracuse University calling for an end to its investigation into Professor Jon Zubieta for referencing the “Wuhan Flu or Chinese Communist Party Virus” on his fall course syllabus. The university placed Zubieta on administrative leave and launched an investigation after his syllabus began circulating online. FIRE’s letter explains that the university, which explicitly promises its professors expressive rights, may not discipline Zubieta merely because some find a passing remark in his syllabus objectionable.