Free Speech

In September 2021, CSULB graduate student Aqsa Khan sent an email criticizing the psychology department and one of its hiring decisions. CSULB charged her with violating university policies that prohibit sending obscene or abusive and intimidating messages and using campus resources to interfere with others’ work, then placed her on probation. On October 20, FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On September 16, 2021, two students of color wrote out the names of other non-white students on a whiteboard after class while brainstorming non-white students with whom to make friends. The next class saw the names and assumed those students were singled out for their race, later holding a protest. When the Theater Department’s Diversity,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In October 2021, the Wichita State University student government delayed voting on whether to recognize a Turning Point USA campus chapter. On Oct. 13, a student senator criticized the group for displaying the Gadsden flag, and — although a committee had determined that the group met “each and every requirement” to be recognized — the... Read more Read more


Due Process

As part of its “Forum on White Supremacy and Global Colonization,” Elizabethtown College scheduled a three-part event, “Mediocre + Multimedia Content,” in October and November 2021. The college limited attendance at the event to “participants who identify as individuals of color.” FIRE wrote to the college on October 11, calling on the administration to remove... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2021, two Tennessee Tech professors, Julia Gruber and Andrew Smith, created and distributed a flyer depicting professor and Putnam County Commissioner Andrew Donadio sitting on the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones. The flyer criticized Donadio after a dispute over the failed effort to rename a middle school mascot. Tennessee Tech disciplined... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On September 29, 2021, members of Emerson College’s Turning Point USA chapter passed out stickers reading “China Kinda Sus,” which featured an image of a hammer and sickle and criticized China’s government. Under pressure from student groups, the university informed the TPUSA chapter on October 1 that it was being investigated and faced “interim action”... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On September 12, 2021, a Washington and Lee administrator told the university’s chapter of the College Republicans that it could not display campaign materials for Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin while tabling at a student activities fair. The university justified its stance by claiming that its status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization restricts the university’s... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In September 2021, administrators at an Ohio public high school “collected” copies of a textbook used in a college writing class open to seniors at the high school as part of Ohio’s “College Credit Plus” program. The town’s mayor claimed salacious writing prompts in the book — a handful of the 600 writing prompts in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In July 2021, administrators at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School issued a statement apologizing for “failing to actively oppose the current state of US capital punishment” and announcing that teaching faculty would be required to “acknowledge and abide by” the administration’s “position” on capital punishment moving forward. The policy required faculty to avoid... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On September 5, 2021, a Harvard undergraduate student tweeted a screenshot of an email from a college employee requesting that he and his suitemates remove a flag depicting a bikini-clad Nicki Minaj from their suite window because it might be considered offensive. On September 10, FIRE wrote to Harvard calling for the employee to rescind... Read more Read more



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