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Diei v. UTHSC – Complaint Kimberly Diei is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. She has twice been investigated by her program’s Professional Conduct Committee because of allegations that her personal social media activity was too “crude,” “vulgar,” and “sexual.” Diei enjoys commenting on topics of... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In January 2021, Collin College summoned professors Audra Heaslip and Suzanne Jones to separate meetings within hours of each other. The professors — who represent two thirds of the leadership of a local chapter of the Texas Faculty Association, a non-collective bargaining union — were informed their contracts would not be renewed due to objections... Read more Read more


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In December 2020, students at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) sought recognition of a Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) chapter, a group dedicated to advocating for single-payer health systems. The EVMS Student Government Association rejected the group in January 2021, explaining that it “does not want to create clubs based on opinions, political... Read more Read more


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In the wake of the 2020 elections, John Eastman — a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization — served as a lawyer for then-President Trump. Eastman’s duties were relieved and his courses cancelled by CU Boulder’s administration after he made public statements — including in... Read more Read more


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On Dec. 9, 2020, USU student Zachary Grant Bess criticized the public university on Twitter and chided the university as “you bastards.” In response, staff blocked Bess from accessing USU’s official Twitter account. Although USU later unblocked Bess, FIRE wrote to USU on Jan. 28, 2021, urging it to rescind its social media policy, which... Read more Read more


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In December 2020, Jason Kilborn, a professor of law, included in a Civil Procedure II final exam a hypothetical fact pattern involving an employment discrimination case. The hypothetical referenced “profane expressions for African Americans and women,” identified as expurgated text (“‘n_____’ and ‘b_____’”). After the question was condemned by students, the law school issued a... Read more Read more


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In August 2020, the University of Pittsburgh revoked Associate Professor of Medicine Norman C. Wang’s teaching privileges following criticism of his paper, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, concerning demographics in the cardiology profession. On January 12, 2021, FIRE wrote to Pitt calling for it to rescind Wang’s punishment, explaining that Pitt,... Read more Read more


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In October 2020, professor Garrett Ferber publicly criticized his department chair for rejecting a grant to a community education program focused on racial justice and incarceration, tweeting that the University of Mississippi was motivated by a desire to protect “racist donor money.” Following the tweets, Felber’s department chair requested to have a phone conversation, then... Read more Read more


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In October 2020, Resident Assistants at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were reportedly concerned about the implications of the university’s vague media relations policy, interpreting it as requiring them to refrain from speaking to student journalists. FIRE wrote to UNC Chapel Hill to urge the university to amend its policy to make... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In November 2020, immediately after student journalist Cassie Conklin’s critical reporting on Frostburg State University was highlighted by the Baltimore Sun, the university summoned her to a meeting and informed her that she was under investigation for allegedly slipping a threatening note under a university staffer’s door a month earlier. Despite video evidence proving Conklin’s... Read more Read more



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