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FIRE obtained a copy of Indiana University School of Medicine’s training materials through a public records request that contained a link for faculty to sign an honor code pledging to “ensure that their views, beliefs, actions, and inactions do not, intentionally or unintentionally, perpetuate the problem of health care [sic] inequity.” FIRE wrote the university December 21 explaining that the honor code appeared to compel faculty speech in violation of their expressive rights and asked the university to clarify that signing the pledge was not mandatory. The university did not respond to the letter.
FIRE wrote UA explaining that while it may remove chalk for violating the viewpoint-neutral time, place, and manner restrictions the university has in place, it cannot investigate or punish expression because some are offended by its content.
Jerry Rogers sent emails criticizing the lead detective on a homicide case as “clueless” (among other things). The detective’s colleagues in the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office came to his defense — by violating the law.
If you are facing retaliation over protected speech, or if you are a college student or faculty member whose First Amendment rights may have been violated, reach out to FIRE to learn more about how we can protect your rights.