University of Illinois Chicago: Investigation into Professor for Referencing Racial Slur on Law Exam

Category: Free Speech
Schools: University of Illinois Chicago

In December 2020, Jason Kilborn, a professor of law, included in a Civil Procedure II final exam a hypothetical fact pattern involving an employment discrimination case. The hypothetical referenced “profane expressions for African Americans and women,” identified as expurgated text (“‘n_____’ and ‘b_____’”). After the question was condemned by students, the law school issued a public statement that it was conducting a “thorough review” of the matter.  On January 19, 2021, FIRE wrote to UIC explaining that Kilborn’s hypothetical is protected by academic freedom and the First Amendment and calling for UIC to make clear that it would not investigate or punish Kilborn.