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As the national debate on racial justice continues in the wake of the homicide of George Floyd, Ashleigh Brock, a student at Hardin-Simmons University, posted videos to TikTok and Instagram Live discussing her opinions on race issues. After critics took to Twitter to call on the university to take action against Brock, the university opened... Read more Read more


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During a class lecture, UCLA professor Lt. Col. W. Ajax Peris read from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” in which King confronted white pastors with examples of racist abuse and bigoted rhetoric, including use of a racial slur. After a student complained on Twitter that Peris, who is white, had uttered... Read more Read more


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As civil unrest in the wake of the homicide of George Floyd continued, a Kansas State student posted tweets voicing his opinion of Floyd and the circumstances surrounding his death. After others, including many Kansas State student-athletes, called on the university to take action in response to the student’s tweets, Kansas State President Richard Myers... Read more Read more


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On June 3, 2020, Continuing Lecturer Gordon Klein was placed on mandatory leave after an email he sent to a student went viral. The student emailed Klein on June 2 requesting altered final exam and grading procedures for black students due to the fear, anxiety, and trauma they were experiencing in the wake of the... Read more Read more


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In May 2020, FIRE wrote to The Catholic University of America after John Tieso, an instructor and adjunct assistant professor of business management, was investigated and suspended after tweets from his personal Twitter account that were critical of former President Barack Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris garnered attention from a local media outlet. CUA told... Read more Read more


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As the University of Iowa’s football program suspended its strength and conditioning coach, Chris Doyle, following former players’ allegations of race-based misconduct, reports emerged that the team had long banned players from using social media. On June 8, 2020, FIRE wrote to the university’s leadership seeking clarification and transparency as to what restrictions had been... Read more Read more


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On June 1, 2020, during a protest following the homicide of George Floyd, three student journalists from Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, were covering the protest from a campus-adjacent intersection in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Although a curfew was in effect for the city, it did not apply to members of the news media. Police... Read more Read more


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As civil unrest spread in the wake of the homicide of George Floyd, a faculty member at Weber State University tweeted, from his personal Twitter account, support of a police officer who beat a Wall Street Journal reporter. After some of the faculty member’s other tweets supporting violence against rioters and criticism of Rep. Ilhan... Read more Read more


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In the fall 2019 semester, SUNY Potsdam created a flyer listing 16 fraternities and sororities that its students may not “pledge, join, accept membership, affiliate in any way, or seek to perpetuate” at the risk of “potential suspension or expulsion.” After one of the affected student groups contacted FIRE about SUNY Potsdam’s list of “banned... Read more Read more


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Near the end of the Spring 2020 semester, Scottsdale Community College professor Nicholas Damask administered a quiz in his World Politics course, which covered a unit on “Islamic Terrorism.” After controversy surrounding the quiz questions broke out on social media, Scottsdale promised Damask would issue an apology—written for him by a marketing administrator—to a student... Read more Read more



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