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FIRE wrote a letter to The New School on July 17, 2019, voicing deep concern over its disciplinary investigation into Professor Laurie Sheck for an alleged violation of the institution’s discrimination policy stemming from a classroom discussion of a James Baldwin essay and the title of an Oscar-nominated documentary about the author. Read more


Free Speech

FIRE wrote a letter to the University of Northwestern on June 13, 2019, after UNW denied a request by a student chapter of Young Americans for Freedom to host conservative columnist Star Parker — a request denied in part because of Parker’s pro-life viewpoints. In refusing the group’s speaker, UNW explained that Parker is a... Read more Read more


Free Speech

FIRE wrote a letter to American University in Cairo (AUC), which is incorporated and accredited within the United States, on July 24, 2019, after Professor Adam Duker raised the alarm about academic freedom violations at the university. In 2016, Duker signed a contract accepting the title of Assistant Professor and Abdulhadi H. Taher Chair in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In a man-bites-dog turn of events, Southwestern Community College issued a public records request to its student newspaper, The Sun, demanding that the student journalists turn over unpublished video of a student government meeting. The college continued to insist that the newspaper was required to turn over the video even after a faculty advisor objected. On June... Read more Read more


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University president directs removal of Lady Gaga quote ("Being gay is like glitter. It never goes away") from sign outside library during Pride Month. Read more


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In April 2019, Doane University investigated and suspended faculty librarian Melissa Gomis for curating a historical photo display, entitled “Parties of the Past,” consisting of photos selected from the university’s archival collection. Two of the photos showed Doane students wearing blackface at a 1926 masquerade party. During the investigation, Doane President Jacque Carter sent a... Read more Read more


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A group of Santa Clara University students sought recognition for the SCU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, an organization dedicated to advancing conservative principles. After SCU’s Student Government Association denied the club recognition, citing its “ideology” and the existence of other conservative clubs, FIRE wrote to SCU on May 17, 2019, explaining that denying... Read more Read more


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The Daily Targum, the student newspaper at Rutgers University and one of the oldest student newspapers in the country, had been funded through a recurring referendum since 1981. Every three years, at least 25% of the students in each Rutgers “college, campus, or division” had to affirmatively vote to fund the Targum for the paper... Read more Read more


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Student members of a Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Transylvania University, a private institution in Kentucky, were required to stop tabling because they didn’t have an administrator’s prior approval before engaging in “activism” inside the university’s free speech zone. The day before, members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America had tabled in the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 23, 2019, Williams College’s student government, the College Council, voted to deny Registered Student Organization status to prospective student group Williams Initiative for Israel (WIFI) because of the group’s pro-Israel viewpoint. Recognition was denied to WIFI even though it had complied with all College Council Requirements, making WIFI the first club in over... Read more Read more



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