Syracuse University: Student Found Responsible for Threatening Another Student’s Mental Health

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Syracuse University

In December 2021, Syracuse University found student Samantha Jones responsible for threatening another student’s mental health when she asked him at an off-campus party about rumors of his prior sexual misconduct and status as a sex offender in Canada. The university disciplined Jones under a broad provision of its student code of conduct that punishes “conduct . . . which threatens the mental health . . . of anyone.” On January 14, 2022, FIRE wrote to Syracuse asking it to reverse its decision and reminding the university that merely asking questions does not rise to the level of harassment.