Free Speech

On April 21, 2022, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees, which oversees eight Mississippi public universities, amended its tenure review process to grant university presidents the authority to award tenure and to include “effectiveness … and integrity in communications” and “collegiality” as mandatory criteria for consideration. On April 27, FIRE and PEN America... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In April 2022, two Central Washington University administrators threw away stacks of student newspaper The Observer to prevent prospective students who were visiting campus from seeing a story about university budget cuts. On April 25, FIRE wrote to CWU explaining that this confiscation constituted not only theft, but also First Amendment viewpoint-based discrimination — “an... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On March 28, 2022, St. Olaf College told Edmund Santurri — director of the faculty-run Institute for Freedom & Community which aims to “foster constructive dialogue” on campus —  that his appointment as institute director would be rescinded because Santurri invited a number of controversial speakers to speak at the institute for a series on... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On April 19, 2022, Saint Vincent College announced a new policy requiring the college president and his cabinet to approve all college-sponsored speaker appearances following controversy over a guest speaker at a faculty-run conference on campus. FIRE wrote to the college on April 22 explaining this sweeping prior review violates the college’s explicit guarantees of... Read more Read more


Due Process

On March 7, 2022, Oklahoma Christian University fired tenured professor Michael O’Keefe without due process based on a guest speaker’s presentation to O’Keefe’s class, which included the speaker telling a story about peer pressure involving the phrase “truth or dick,” as well as on allegations that O’Keefe told students not to complain about the speaker.... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In September 2021, California Institute of Technology’s Graduate Student Council informed all graduate students that the guidelines for funding student-invited speakers’ events had been amended to base funding on commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. FIRE wrote to Caltech explaining these guidelines violate students’ expressive and associational rights by discriminating against student organizations based on... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Creighton University revoked approval for an April 9 event organized by Creighton’s Turning Point USA chapter after the group changed the name of the event and added additional controversial speakers. Creighton justified its decision by claiming those changes threatened the university’s tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization. On April 13, FIRE wrote Creighton explaining the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

After California State University Channel Islands student Bailey Morris lodged complaints with university staff alleging violations of her rights and criticizing the institution’s disability policies, an administrator threatened Morris with disciplinary action if she continued to “criticize the character of employees or engage in otherwise disruptive communications.” On February 17, 2022, FIRE wrote CSU Channel... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The University of Maryland prohibits all fraternities and sororities, as a condition for university recognition,  from accepting students with less than 12 credit hours. UMD provides no exceptions to this policy for any individual student or group, and imposes no similar requirement on first-semester students playing for university athletic teams, working full-time jobs, or joining... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On March 23, 2022, Catholic University of America’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter posted a picture of a transgender athlete with the text, “Change my mind,” and “Save women’s sports.” In response, CUA student Rory O’Connor posted numerous memes criticizing YAF on his Instagram stories, including one with an obviously nonliteral and joking reference to... Read more Read more



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