Free Speech

In September 2022, students at Simmons University discovered that two years earlier, when Professor David Kane had taught at Harvard University, he had been accused of writing pseudonymous blog posts about race that some found offensive. Simmons responded by opening a concurrent section of Kane’s introductory statistics course and allowing students to transfer without penalty.... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On September 26, 2022, Wallace State Community College instructor Leigh Ann Courington posted on her Facebook that “the devil is attacking” her town because of an LGBTQ Pride event and that “the Nazis . . . got some things right.” Two days later, Wallace State publicly denounced Courington and placed her on administrative leave as... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

In 2020, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville announced its colleges were developing “diversity action plans.” The plans contained several proposed policies that threatened free speech and academic freedom, including requirements that current and/or prospective faculty demonstrate competence in diversity, equity, and inclusion; mandated DEI syllabus statements; DEI-based course assessments; and bias reporting systems. After FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In September 2022, an unnamed SDMC professor, teaching a dual enrollment class at Madison High School, used as an example essay thesis: “As it is currently constituted, the Republican Party is now a fascist organization that no longer fits the category of a conventional Democratic Party.” After student and parent complaints, SDMC announced it was... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Since spring 2021, when students and alumni revived the independent student newspaper The Cadet, VMI administrators have interfered with the paper’s distribution, content, and structure. VMI administrators also declined to restore accommodations, such as meeting space and leave from military responsibilities, that were historically available to editors and are given to other student groups. On... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In the wake of the enactment of an Idaho law restricting access to abortion, the University of Idaho released new guidance requiring faculty to “not promote or advocate in favor of abortion” unless done with “instructor neutrality.” FIRE wrote the university on September 27 demanding that it withdraw the guidance because the restrictions unlawfully restrict... Read more Read more


Cases

Villarreal v. City of Laredo – Complaint Americans shouldn’t be jailed for peaceably asking public officials a question. But that is what officials in Laredo, Texas did to Priscilla Villarreal. FIRE is stepping in to defend Priscilla’s First Amendment rights and the rights of all Americans to ask public servants for information. And what’s more,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On August 20, 2022, Tennessee Technological University’s Backdoor Playhouse held a drag show hosted by Upper Cumberland Pride, a local LGBTQ+ rights advocacy organization, and two university-recognized student groups, Lambda Gay-Straight Alliance and Tech Players. On September 7, a spliced video of the show prompted condemnation online. The next day, Tennessee Tech President Philip Oldham... Read more Read more


Cases

On the morning of September 8, 2022, amid speculation about Queen Elizabeth’s then-impending death, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Uju Anya tweeted: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.” The tweet was met with criticism, including from prominent public figures such as Amazon founder... Read more Read more


Cases

Southern Utah University theater professor Richard Bugg sued adminis for First Amendment retaliation. Read more



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