Due Process

On April 2, 2021, FIRE and the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote to Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine amid reports the school had accused approximately 20 students of academic misconduct, urging the medical school to be cautious in evaluating the logs allegedly indicating that students had accessed materials during their exams. Students complained publicly —... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

The University of Oklahoma’s mandatory diversity training requires faculty and staff to affirm university-approved viewpoints to complete the training. On November 16, 2020, FIRE wrote to OU to explain that requiring students and faculty to state that they agree with ideas that they may oppose amounts to compelled speech, which is unconstitutional. FIRE also submitted... Read more Read more


Cases

On January 28, 2021, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania informed members of its Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community that “any future significant violation of Greek specific rules or Code of Conduct violations will result in the cancelation of the entire [Fraternity and Sorority Life] community at Bloomsburg” and banned them “from affiliating with derecognized groups.”... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On January 28, 2021, FIRE wrote to the University of Utah regarding its policy restricting the right of resident advisors and other student-employees to speak to the media. The policy prohibited housing staff from identifying themselves as university employees or discussing the university’s policies, procedures, and activities when communicating with the media. FIRE’s letter argued... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On March 10, 2021, Thomas Smith, a law professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, posted on his personal blog an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article about the origin of COVID-19. Smith added his commentary to the excerpt, stating that those who believe the coronavirus was not created in a... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On February 23, 2021, University of Rhode Island undergraduate Timothy Hecker got a parking ticket on campus. Hecker had purchased a Fine Arts Lot pass, but parked in the incorrect one of two Fine Arts Lots. In a strongly-worded appeal of his ticket through the Transportation and Parking office, Hecker wrote in relevant part, “Get... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On March 12, 2021, Skidmore’s student government denied recognition to the Progressive Zionists for Peace student group because it could be “troublesome” that the club is a “dialogue focused club” while expressing “one perspective.” Skidmore, however, recognizes various other organizations that engage in dialogue while expressing one perspective, including the College Democrats, College Republicans, and... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On January 7, 2021, the University of Pennsylvania informed the Hunting, Archery, and Shooting student club — denied registration since March 2020 due to the “nature of the group’s mission and potential group activities” — that due to COVID-19, Penn would not consider registering the group “until . . . normal in-person operations” resume. FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On March 13, 2021, a student at the University of Virginia tweeted a photo of a display on the exterior door of her on-campus residence along with a letter, dated the previous day, from UVA notifying her that the display would be removed because it “advocates physical violence, and could spur it” and carries “the... Read more Read more


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



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