University of California at Los Angeles: Disciplinary Investigation of Student’s Video

Category: Free Speech
Schools: University of California, Los Angeles

A YouTube video posted by a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) college student that mocks the behavior of Asian students in the UCLA library and elsewhere generated 5 million views in the first week-and a free speech controversy. After UCLA officials announced an investigation of the video for possible charges including harassment, FIRE sent UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block a letter on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, urging him to end any investigation of Wallace’s speech because the content of the video is protected by the First Amendment. UCLA announced on March 18 that it had dropped the investigation, and the student announced shortly afterward that she would be leaving UCLA due to “the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats, and being ostracized from an entire community.”