Free Speech

The Wichita State University Student Government Association defunded student-run, off-campus art gallery, ShiftSpace, after claiming it violated SGA policy by criticizing a SGA senator on Facebook. On April 28, 2022, FIRE wrote the university arguing the SGA had wrongfully applied a policy governing faculty and staff speech to protected commentary from the student-run gallery. Shortly... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2022, Eckerd College student Tony Salvatori applied for recognition for an Eckerd College Republicans campus chapter. On March 2, when Salvatori met with the student government to discuss the pending application, student senators said they had “problems” with posts on his personal Instagram account and refused to grant recognition. On May 12, FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 1, 2022, Soka University of America notified writing professor Aneil Rallin that they would face an investigation after students complained about material in their fall 2021 Writing the Body course. An administrator said materials by queer authors of color were “triggering” to students and failed to “create a safe space.” Rallin, a tenured,... Read more Read more


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On March 24, 2022, for the third time in the past six years, Drake University’s Student Senate denied recognition to a Turning Point USA chapter based on the group’s viewpoint. Some senators called TPUSA’s beliefs “harmful” and said the group makes students “uncomfortable and frightened.” On May 11, FIRE wrote Drake to call on administrators... Read more Read more


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In fall 2021, Texas A&M University administrators informed students that Memorial Center Town Hall, which provides administrative and financial support to student-planned events, would no longer sponsor the student event Draggieland even though it sponsored it in 2020 and 2021 and the event was profitable both years. Administrators provided no explanation for the decision despite... Read more Read more


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In fall 2021, Texas A&M University administrators informed students of changes to Fish Camp, a student-run orientation camp and the registered student organization that runs the camp. The changes included rewriting the group’s stated values and mandating administrative approval of its leadership selections, and were imposed without consulting students or an explanation from the university.... Read more Read more


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On April 6, 2022, after a recent Northern Michigan University student’s suicide, NMU student Dominick Dotson asked university leaders if he could send a campus-wide survey requesting anonymous feedback about campus mental health services. After NMU rebuffed his request, Dotson found a way to send the survey himself. On April 7, NMU temporarily suspended Dotson... Read more Read more


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On March 1, 2022, Berea College’s Building Revolution, Anti-Imperialism, and Dissent (BRAID) student group was set to screen the documentary “Ukraine on Fire.” However, after pressure from administrators who falsely presumed the club supported Russian President Vladimir Putin, the club’s former advisor canceled the screening. On April 8, FIRE wrote Berea to explain that the... Read more Read more


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On April 7, NYU’s Law Students for Justice in Palestine released a statement making several allegations, including that the “Zionist grip on media is omnipresent” and “people living under occupation have a right to resist their violent occupation,” which led other students to submit harassment complaints against the group. NYU announced it would investigate the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The Montclarion student newspaper published an editorial stating that the Montclair State University administration requires resident assistants to “refrain” from making statements to the media that “would reflect badly” on the university. On April 22, FIRE wrote to MSU to call on the university to rescind this requirement and explain that employees at public institutions,... Read more Read more



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