Free Speech

On January 20, 2022, Dartmouth’s College Republicans, Turning Point USA, and Network of Enlightened Women chapters planned to host an event with conservative journalist Andy Ngo. Dartmouth’s administration unilaterally canceled the in-person event, citing “information” from local law enforcement, and required the event be conducted online. No protesters appeared. FIRE wrote to Dartmouth on January... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In December 2021, Syracuse University found student Samantha Jones responsible for threatening another student’s mental health when she asked him at an off-campus party about rumors of his prior sexual misconduct and status as a sex offender in Canada. The university disciplined Jones under a broad provision of its student code of conduct that punishes... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On January 9, 2022, Ferris State Professor Barry Mehler sent his students an introductory video welcoming them to class in which he discusses plagiarism by adapting a profanity-laced monologue from the television show “Deadwood,” jokes that students’ grades are predetermined by God, and encourages students to attend lectures virtually because of COVID-19. The video quickly... Read more Read more


Cases

Jennifer Mosher is a tenured microbiology professor at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. On September 15, 2020, as students were logging on to her virtual lecture, one student made an offhand remark about “thinning the gene pool,” referring to individuals who were not following public health requirements on masking. Mosher agreed, joking that she hoped... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In December 2021, Professor Stuart Reges at the University of Washington Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science criticized the university’s land acknowledgment statement in an email to faculty, and included a modified statement he added to his syllabus. The director of the Allen School instructed Reges to remove the “inappropriate” and “offensive” statement from... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In December 2021, the Nassau Community College faculty union wrote two letters to the college’s Board of Trustees, one criticizing college president Jermaine Williams and the second criticizing the board’s response to Williams’ resignation. The board emailed faculty on December 23 cautioning them to stop criticizing Williams to avoid disrupting his departure. On January 11,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In October 2021, the Emory Free Speech Forum, a proposed law student group “devoted to fostering critical discourse and open dialogue surrounding important issues in law and society,” applied for a charter from Emory Law’s Student Bar Association. Despite fulfilling all criteria for recognition, the SBA refused recognition, criticizing the “nature of this group” because... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On December 3, 2021, an Emory University administrator informed the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity chapter that the group’s Christmas decorations violated a university policy concerning the installation of holiday decorations. The policy requires “[s]orority lodges and fraternity / themed houses” to “request installation of exterior holiday decorations” before November 1, and prohibits students from installing... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Boston University’s mandatory training on preventing discrimination and harassment asks faculty members opinion-based questions and requires them to select the university’s preferred answers to complete the training. On December 17, 2021, FIRE wrote to BU explaining that requiring faculty members to affirm viewpoints with which they may disagree amounts to compelled speech in violation of... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On October 4, 2021, Indiana University Law Professor Steve Sanders published a story on his personal blog criticizing IU’s secretive presidential search. Before he published that story, Sanders learned that a law firm — which IU had previously retained in other matters — made a public records request for Sanders’s emails relating to IU’s presidential... Read more Read more



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