Free Speech

The University of Oregon requires current and prospective faculty to submit statements discussing their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion to be eligible for hiring, promotion, and tenure. These policies — including the guidelines and rubrics used to evaluate the DEI statements — require faculty to affirm UO’s views on DEI and to promote these... Read more Read more


Due Process

The University of California, San Diego, organized a Fall 2022 orientation program limited to students and families of students who identify as Black, Latinx, or Native American. On August 2, FIRE wrote to UCSD explaining that segregated educational programs, which have been illegal for decades, remain so regardless of which racial groups may benefit. UCSD... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On July 6, 2022, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student government executive branch issued an executive order stating that it will not “contract or expend funds to any individual, business, or organization which actively advocates to further limit by law access to reproductive healthcare, including, though not limited to, contraception and induced... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On August 1, 2022, Virginia Commonwealth University will ban all students with fewer than 12 credit hours completed at the university from joining social fraternities and sororities. VCU provides no exceptions to this policy for any individual student or group, and imposes no similar requirement on first-semester and transfer students playing for university athletic teams,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On July 15, 2022, University of Texas at Dallas Professor Timothy Farage tweeted: “Can we at least try to find a cure for homosexuality, especially among men? Homosexual men have anal sex, which can lead to a variety of diseases.” Three days later, the university publicly announced it would investigate Farage for his tweet. On... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On March 30, Southern New Hampshire University told the College Republicans chapter that the university administration must review and approve all invitations to speakers to ensure they “are not so controversial that they would draw unwanted demonstrators” to campus. FIRE wrote SNHU on May 18 explaining that this prior review requirement violates the university’s expressive... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

In March 2022, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors published notice of its proposal to adopt regulations that would add diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility criteria to faculty evaluation and tenure review standards. On April 22, FIRE submitted a public comment explaining the proposed regulations would violate faculty members’ academic freedom and First Amendment... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In March 2022, Oklahoma Christian University fired Professor Michael O’Keefe based on a guest speaker’s presentation to O’Keefe’s class, which included the speaker telling a story about peer pressure involving the phrase “truth or dick.” Shortly thereafter, OC administrators called faculty librarian Chris Rosser into a meeting and rebuked him for attending the talk but... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In June 2022, the Indiana University School of Medicine revised its tenure and promotion standards to require faculty to write statements showing their efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. On July 11, FIRE wrote IUSM explaining the requirement threatens academic freedom by coercing faculty seeking tenure and promotion to demonstrate their commitment to prescribed... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In January 2022, Penn Law Professor Amy Wax came under public criticism for an interview in which she said the United States would be “better off with fewer Asians and less Asian immigration.” Penn Law Dean Theodore Ruger initially denounced Wax’s comments while acknowledging her academic freedom to make them. After increasing public pressure, Ruger... Read more Read more



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