In March 2017, Jordyn Haime, a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, worked with the university’s Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program to create a display depicting the text of student-reported instances of unwelcome sexual remarks. Haime’s work was intended to be displayed during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Within hours of the display’s installation in the university’s Memorial Union Building, it was removed at the direction of Dean of Students Ted Kirkpatrick, who cited the possibility that it might be seen by children or prospective students and their families. FIRE wrote to the university, explaining that the restriction on displays of “hate speech” and “profane/vulgar language” in the Memorial Union Building was unconstitutional.
April 4, 2017
FIRE and others are asking questions about the University of New Hampshire’s decision to remove a student-led exhibit criticizing street harassment and allow it to be re-posted only after making changes apparently acceptable to administrators’ tastes about what language is sufficiently inoffensive to be shared on a university campus. Student Jordyn Haime came up with the idea for the exhibit and worked with the university’s Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) to send a survey to students about their experiences with street harassment. After gathering the results, Haime created an exhibit incorporating the information gathered. The exhibit, displayed on […]» Read More