University of St. Thomas: Administrators Reject College Republicans’ Request to Host Michael Knowles Due to His Viewpoints.


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In February 2022, the University of St. Thomas College Republicans (St. Paul, Minnesota) sought to host political commentator Michael Knowles for a campus event. St. Thomas rejected the request because Knowles “made statements that are derogatory to the transgender and autistic community.” FIRE wrote to St. Thomas in June, calling on it to follow its commitment to free speech by allowing the group to host Knowles. After St. Thomas alleged it doesn’t promise students the full array of expressive rights, FIRE sent another letter in August explaining how the university’s clear, unequivocal written policies promising to protect students’ free speech rights preclude administrators from rejecting speaker requests based on viewpoint.