Free Speech

In September 2021, administrators at an Ohio public high school “collected” copies of a textbook used in a college writing class open to seniors at the high school as part of Ohio’s “College Credit Plus” program. The town’s mayor claimed salacious writing prompts in the book — a handful of the 600 writing prompts in... Read more Read more


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In July 2021, administrators at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School issued a statement apologizing for “failing to actively oppose the current state of US capital punishment” and announcing that teaching faculty would be required to “acknowledge and abide by” the administration’s “position” on capital punishment moving forward. The policy required faculty to avoid... Read more Read more


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On September 5, 2021, a Harvard undergraduate student tweeted a screenshot of an email from a college employee requesting that he and his suitemates remove a flag depicting a bikini-clad Nicki Minaj from their suite window because it might be considered offensive. On September 10, FIRE wrote to Harvard calling for the employee to rescind... Read more Read more


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In February 2021, UCC nursing student Kaylyn Willis responded to an online discussion assignment prompting students to use their “critical imagining” to reflect on patients with chronic illness losing their support systems. Willis’ response, imagining a scenario in which an individual with ALS shot and killed her husband, resulted in her expulsion from the program,... Read more Read more


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In 2018, the Texas New Service, a student newspaper at Tarleton State University, published articles about allegations of sexual harassment against then-Tarleton Professor Michael Landis. In July 2021, TNS received a demand letter from Landis’ attorney alleging that TNS’ reporting was defamatory. Tarleton’s administration then directed TNS to remove all “articles/videos referenced” in the demand... Read more Read more


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Si v. EVMS – Complaint Edward Si, a medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School, applied to form a chapter of Students for a National Health Program, a national student organization dedicated to advocating for a single-payer health system, in December 2020. EVMS’s Student Government Association denied the application because it did “not want to... Read more Read more


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On August 11, 2021, Fresno State’s College Republicans quote tweeted a video of a military veteran saying people who don’t wear masks are “cowards.” The group responded that the veteran, who has been outspoken about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, would “break down” from hearing fireworks and that the “vast majority” of the military... Read more Read more


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In July 2020, UVA student Morgan Bettinger found the street blocked by protesters as she drove home from work. She told the driver of a city garbage truck, which blocked the street, “it’s a good thing that you are here because, otherwise, these people would have been speed bumps.” Although UVA’s equal opportunity office determined... Read more Read more


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After Iowa’s legislature adopted a statute barring certain “concepts” from mandatory trainings provided by public universities, Iowa State University issued guidance warning its faculty that the law limits class discussions that could be construed as “required.” On July 27, 2021, FIRE wrote to the university, explaining that the law was not intended to reach classroom... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In October 2020, two students presented a proposal to Illinois Tech’s student senate to start a Turning Point USA chapter at the university. The chapter was denied recognition after student senators cited “problematic occurrences of systemic racism” and “controversies with several activists, speakers, and supporters of” the TPUSA national organization. The students later withdrew a... Read more Read more



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