Free Speech

In February 2021, state lawmakers and members of the public called for action after members of the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team knelt during the national anthem prior to a game. FIRE, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and PEN America wrote letters to ETSU and Randy Boyd, the president of the University of... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On February 19, 2021, a Twitter user posted screenshots of tweets from the personal account of Saint Joseph’s University professor Gregory Manco. The tweets, about criticizing reparations for slavery and arguments about racism in the United States,  led to calls for action by SJU, which responded on Twitter that it was “looking into” the situation... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Following talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s death from complications of lung cancer on Feb. 17, 2021, Sarah Parcak, a University of Alabama at Birmingham professor, tweeted from her personal account: “When a terrible piece of scum who caused immeasurable harm to millions dies, there is no sympathy. Only a desire that they suffered until their... Read more Read more


Cases

Kimberly Diei is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. She has twice been investigated by her program’s Professional Conduct Committee because of allegations that her personal social media activity was too “crude,” “vulgar,” and “sexual.” Diei enjoys commenting on topics of interest to her and other... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In January 2021, Collin College summoned professors Audra Heaslip and Suzanne Jones to separate meetings within hours of each other. The professors — who represent two thirds of the leadership of a local chapter of the Texas Faculty Association, a non-collective bargaining union — were informed their contracts would not be renewed due to objections... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In December 2020, students at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) sought recognition of a Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) chapter, a group dedicated to advocating for single-payer health systems. The EVMS Student Government Association rejected the group in January 2021, explaining that it “does not want to create clubs based on opinions, political... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In the wake of the 2020 elections, John Eastman — a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization — served as a lawyer for then-President Trump. Eastman’s duties were relieved and his courses cancelled by CU Boulder’s administration after he made public statements — including in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On Dec. 9, 2020, USU student Zachary Grant Bess criticized the public university on Twitter and chided the university as “you bastards.” In response, staff blocked Bess from accessing USU’s official Twitter account. Although USU later unblocked Bess, FIRE wrote to USU on Jan. 28, 2021, urging it to rescind its social media policy, which... Read more Read more


Due Process

On July 14, 2020, the State University of New York at Binghamton announced a plan to address campus sexual assault in part by automatically suspending “Greek life organizations that are connected in any way to a sexual assault case, immediately at the time that the sexual assault is reported, with permanent removal of recognition to... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In December 2020, Jason Kilborn, a professor of law, included in a Civil Procedure II final exam a hypothetical fact pattern involving an employment discrimination case. The hypothetical referenced “profane expressions for African Americans and women,” identified as expurgated text (“‘n_____’ and ‘b_____’”). After the question was condemned by students, the law school issued a... Read more Read more



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