Each year, FIRE reviews thousands of potential cases involving individuals and groups whose rights are threatened. FIRE’s team of legal and advocacy experts have decades of experience protecting free speech both on and off college campuses. Learn more about FIRE’s civil liberties cases.
In May 2022, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) regulations requiring all community college professors to incorporate politicized DEIA concepts in the classroom.
On January 27, 2023, Professor Johnson Varkey was fired from St. Philip’s College, allegedly for his in-class statements concerning biological sex. On June 28, FIRE wrote St. Philip’s explaining that if true, the First Amendment protects Varkey’s pedagogically relevant in-class speech, even when it offends some listeners, and urged the college to reinstate the professor.
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.