Free Speech

In an April 15, 2021, class, American government professor Michelle Swers read from the  landmark Supreme Court case on incitement, Brandenburg v. Ohio, reciting the Klansman’s speech at issue: “Personally, I believe the nigger should be returned to Africa and the Jew returned to Israel.” Students sent a letter to Swers demanding an apology, a... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In April 2021, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The New York Times’s 1619 Project, would join Hussman faculty as Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism. The faculty and administration recommended to the Board of Trustees that, in keeping with the past Knight... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In April 2021, as part of Cornell’s anti-racism initiative, a Faculty Senate working group issued a report proposing an “educational requirement” for faculty, which would require that faculty candidates for renewal, promotion, or tenure submit a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In a June 7 letter to Cornell, FIRE called on the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In the fall of 2020, student Phelan Dickerson was denied formal candidacy in Sam Houston’s Counselor Education master’s program because of her candid attitude and propensity to speak up when she believed changes needed to be made in her program. In March 2021, after being forced to work through a remediation plan, Dickerson was granted... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On May 18, 2021, Oklahoma City Community College informed Melissa Smith that the summer session of her sociology course, “Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.,” would be cancelled pending a review for compliance with HB 1775, a recently adopted bill that bans teaching of certain “concepts” in K-12 institutions and limits certain “training” in colleges... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On January 25, 2021, a student at Stanford Law School sent an email to a student listserv satirizing the law school’s chapter of the Federalist Society and two elected officials involved in the January 6, 2021, efforts to block certification of the presidential election. The email purported to promote a speaking appearance by Sen. Josh... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In the fall 2020 semester, the Rutgers Law School, Camden Campus Student Bar Association amended its constitution to require all student groups to hold events addressing “topics through the lens of Critical Race Theory, diversity and inclusion, or cultural competency” to be eligible for more than $250 in student activity fee funding. On May 17,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 30, 2021, Cypress College placed adjunct professor Faryha Salim on administrative leave after a video of the professor’s exchange with a student during a Human Communication class was widely criticized online. The college said Salim was not being punished  and that the leave was for safety reasons, even though Salim’s classes were taught... Read more Read more


Due Process

On March 29, 2021, Linfield University professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner posted a Twitter thread criticizing the university for allegedly mishandling sexual abuse allegations. Pollack-Pelzner also accused Linfield president Miles K. Davis of making anti-Semitic remarks, which Davis denied. On April 27, Linfield abruptly fired Pollack-Pelzner, a tenured professor, without due process, citing “false public accusations that... Read more Read more


Due Process

On March 30, 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



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