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On June 2, 2020, Bellevue College Interim Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Gilbert Villalpando sent an email that directed members of the Bellevue community “not to repeat or ask questions about” certain statements he determined were racist. FIRE wrote to Bellevue on July 10, pointing out that such a blanket moratorium on specific... Read more Read more


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Student Austin Tong, a Chinese-American immigrant, posted an Instagram photo of himself holding a gun in his backyard on the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, as well as a separate post critiquing what he saw as a nonchalant response to the homicide of retired St. Louis Police Chief David Dorn. In response to... Read more Read more


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In 2019, FIRE warned USC that its “Free Expression and Dissent” policy restricts student expression, imposing an approval process requiring students to receive official approval weeks before they can engage in expressive activities in open, outdoor areas of campus. This effectively bans all spontaneous expressive activity, including demonstrations. After FIRE first wrote to USC, pointing... Read more Read more


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As the national debate on racial justice continues in the wake of the homicide of George Floyd, Ashleigh Brock, a student at Hardin-Simmons University, posted videos to TikTok and Instagram Live discussing her opinions on race issues. After critics took to Twitter to call on the university to take action against Brock, the university opened... Read more Read more


Free Speech

During a class lecture, UCLA professor Lt. Col. W. Ajax Peris read from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” in which King confronted white pastors with examples of racist abuse and bigoted rhetoric, including use of a racial slur. After a student complained on Twitter that Peris, who is white, had uttered... Read more Read more


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As civil unrest in the wake of the homicide of George Floyd continued, a Kansas State student posted tweets voicing his opinion of Floyd and the circumstances surrounding his death. After others, including many Kansas State student-athletes, called on the university to take action in response to the student’s tweets, Kansas State President Richard Myers... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On June 3, 2020, Continuing Lecturer Gordon Klein was placed on mandatory leave after an email he sent to a student went viral. The student emailed Klein on June 2 requesting altered final exam and grading procedures for black students due to the fear, anxiety, and trauma they were experiencing in the wake of the... Read more Read more


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In May 2020, FIRE wrote to The Catholic University of America after John Tieso, an instructor and adjunct assistant professor of business management, was investigated and suspended after tweets from his personal Twitter account that were critical of former President Barack Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris garnered attention from a local media outlet. CUA told... Read more Read more


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As the University of Iowa’s football program suspended its strength and conditioning coach, Chris Doyle, following former players’ allegations of race-based misconduct, reports emerged that the team had long banned players from using social media. On June 8, 2020, FIRE wrote to the university’s leadership seeking clarification and transparency as to what restrictions had been... Read more Read more


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On June 1, 2020, during a protest following the homicide of George Floyd, three student journalists from Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, were covering the protest from a campus-adjacent intersection in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Although a curfew was in effect for the city, it did not apply to members of the news media. Police... Read more Read more



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