Due Process

In August 2019, Florida International University’s student newspaper, PantherNOW, announced FIU had denied it football press credentials for the current season after the newspaper reported last season that a player was continuing to play while a warrant was out for his arrest. While PantherNOW editors reported their credentials were quickly restored and the university said... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In August 2019, John Carroll University president Michael Johnson announced to student leaders that the university’s administration was unilaterally cancelling an annual, student-organized drag show set to take place just a few weeks later. In cancelling the event, administrators cited concerns about “divisiveness.” The show has a contentious past, having been postponed in 2009 due... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In March 2019, members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Western Illinois University gathered in an open area of the University Union to advocate for the legalization of marijuana, holding a sign teasing the availability of “free ‘pot’ brownies”—brownies, without marijuana, inside of a pot. The students were stopped by campus police, who... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2019, Jones County Junior College student Mike Brown and a friend went to campus to recruit members for his student group, Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). They set up a “free speech ball” (an oversized inflatable beach ball) and invited passing students to write messages of their choice on the ball, talking to... Read more Read more


Free Speech

During an August 2018 torts class, Professor Paul Zwier named a racial slur when discussing the first of two cases involving racial discrimination. After student complaints, Zwier was barred from teaching first-year law classes for two years. When a black student approached Zwier during office hours to discuss the controversy, Zwier told an anecdote in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In August 2019, President Trump tweeted that he was considering designating “ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror.” Jeff Klinzman, then an adjunct English professor at Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College, posted a response on an “Iowa Antifa”... Read more Read more


Cases

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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