Free Speech

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


Free Speech

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


Cases

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


Free Speech

In early January 2018, Polk State College requested that all faculty members from its arts program submit artwork for an exhibition to be held the next month. Part-time faculty member Serhat Tanyolacar submitted his piece, “Death of Innocence,” which juxtaposed images of several well-known poets and writers with a number of graphic iterations of President... Read more Read more


Free Speech

A group of Trinity College students sought recognition for the Churchill Club, a student organization affiliated with the Hartford-based Churchill Institute, which is “dedicated to the preservation, dissemination and extension of the Western moral and philosophical Tradition.” After Trinity’s Student Government Association (SGA) delayed voting on the club’s recognition for weeks following student protest, FIRE... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 4, Columbia University was set to host a panel discussion on the rule of law in Turkey. On April 1, the university informed participants that the event would be postponed to a later date. While some participants and organizers had expressed concerns about the makeup of the panel, multiple outlets reported that representatives... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In March 2019, a screenshot of an Instagram post was circulated on Twitter, where commenters described the content as “racist.” The post depicted a mock campaign advertisement, encouraging people to write-in a student’s name for class president. The post contained various mock campaign statements, including one that said the candidate wanted to “build a wall”... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On January 24, 2019, a meeting of the Portland State International Socialist Organization (ISO), was cancelled by campus police. Joey Gibson, founder of conservative group Patriot Prayer, had announced he would show up to the event, expressing hope that his presence would provoke disruption, and a student suggested that others should “Fuck up Joey Gibson.”... Read more Read more


Cases

In February 2019, anti-police tweets and comments by University of California, Davis (UC Davis) professor Joshua Clover from 2014 and 2016 surfaced. Read more


Free Speech

On February 11, 2019, FIRE, the National Coalition Against Censorship, Defending Rights & Dissent, PEN America, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo about reports that the Trump administration is considering stronger vetting procedures of Chinese students intending to study at U.S. campuses, including surveillance of their phone records and... Read more Read more



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