Syracuse University: Students threatened with expulsion for satirical fraternity ‘roast’; fires professor who defended free speech

Category: Cases, Due Process, Free Speech
Schools: Syracuse University

A Syracuse University engineering fraternity has been dismantled and its members face possible expulsion after videos of a satirical “roast” leaked from a private Facebook page last month. An adjunct professor who questioned the university’s response to the incident was also dismissed. On May 4, 2018, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education wrote to Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud to demand that Syracuse respect students’ expressive rights and drop the investigation.

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  • Syracuse University threatens to expel students for satirical fraternity ‘roast’; fires professor who defended free speech

    May 7, 2018

    SYRACUSE, N.Y., May 7, 2018 — A Syracuse University engineering fraternity has been dismantled and its members face possible expulsion after videos of a satirical “roast” leaked from a private Facebook page last month. An adjunct professor who questioned the university’s response to the incident was also dismissed. On Friday, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education wrote to Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud to demand that Syracuse respect student and faculty expressive rights and drop the investigation. The roast, an event at which new members were invited to lampoon other fraternity members, consisted of several recorded skits. One video shows […]

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