University of Wisconsin – Superior: Complaint Over Student Newspaper’s April Fools’ Day Edition Leads to Formal Investigation

Category: Cases, Free Speech
Schools: University of Wisconsin – Superior

At the University of Wisconsin – Superior, a formal investigation was launched into the student newspaper the Promethean’s 2016 April Fools’ Day edition days after its publication, in response to a graduate student’s complaint that the newspaper’s articles were offensive and not clearly labeled as satirical. The university condemned the Promethean in a lengthy Facebook post on April 14, announcing that it was investigating the paper and that it “will not tolerate any form of disrespect – not on April Fools Day or any other day.” After FIRE sent a letter to the university on April 20, 2016, administrators quickly closed the investigation.

  • University of Wisconsin-Superior Abandons Investigation of Newspaper’s April Fools’ Edition

    April 27, 2016

    Last week, FIRE wrote a letter to the University of Wisconsin – Superior (UWS) demanding that administrators drop their investigation into the April Fools’ edition of the campus’ student newspaper, the Promethean. On Friday, UWS did precisely that. The Duluth News-Tribune reports: The University of Wisconsin-Superior has closed an investigation into its student newspaper’s April 1 edition that sparked criticism that it was a guise for publishing offensive jokes about minorities. Promethean Editor-in-Chief Marcus White said the staff was notified during a meeting with the UWS Dean of Students Office on Friday afternoon that the office was closing the investigation […]

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  • University of Wisconsin – Superior Conducting ‘Investigation’ Into Student Newspaper’s April Fools’ Edition

    April 21, 2016

    At college newspapers across the country, there’s an annual tradition of publishing an irreverent, often-satirical edition on April Fools’ Day. And, almost every year, a college launches an investigation, or a student government freezes funding, as a result. While schools typically back off these censorship attempts under pressure from groups like FIRE, there always seems to be at least one school every year who’s willing to learn this lesson the hard way. This year is no different, thanks to administrators at the University of Wisconsin – Superior (UW-Superior) who took issue with some April Fools’ jokes in the college paper. […]

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