Free Speech

The chair of the Department of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross forced a secretary to remove an American flag that hung in the office in memory of a friend who fought and died on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. When the secretary refused, it was removed by the chair... Read more Read more


Due Process

At Orange Coast College, days after the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks Professor Kenneth W. Hearlson, a professor of contemporary politics, invited all students to join him in a discussion of the recent terrorist attacks. During the event Hearlson argued that silence on crimes against Jews in the Middle East was consent to terrorism. Several... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On October 2, 2001 in order to provide a forum for discussion on the terrorist attacks, professors at the City University of New York (CUNY) held a faculty “teach-in,” in which several professors criticized America and its foreign policy. On October 23, the trustees of CUNY voted to condemn the “teach-in” as seditious. CUNY Chancellor... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Albright College unjustly brought charges of “professional unfitness” (read, courage) and “moral turpitude” (read, principle) against Professor of Communication Achal Mehra because of his criticism of school President Henry Zeman. Mehra found himself the object of bizarre charges and yet more bizarre campus judicial proceedings, all aimed at silencing his voice and stripping him of... Read more Read more


Free Speech

A student group at Penn State University (PSU) won a momentous victory when the University reversed a ruling of the student government that had stripped the group’s constitution and mission statement of words found to be “discriminatory.” The trouble started when the undergraduate Student Government Supreme Court informed PSU’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Professor of Sociology Myles Kelleher contacted FIRE after discovering that applicants for new faculty (and other) positions at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) would be required to “provide a brief statement of your commitment to diversity and how this commitment is demonstrated in your work,” and to “certify” their understanding that “any false or misleading... Read more Read more


Free Speech

FIRE’s Legal Network closely collaborated in Saxe v. State College Area School District, a case that reached the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The ruling, which struck down the College’s “harassment code,” which was really a speech code in disguise, is now binding precedent in the Third Circuit, which covers Delaware,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In a memorandum to the faculty of all campuses of the University of Alaska, President Mark R. Hamilton came to the rescue of Professor Linda McCarriston, a poet and teacher of creative writing who was subjected to administrative interference and investigation because of the content of her work. FIRE brought the details and issues of... Read more Read more


Free Speech

FIRE successfully defeated a Williams College proposal that denied students’ right to free association by requiring clubs adopt non-discrimination language. Williams College only mentioned the category of sexual orientation—not, for example, the category of religion or race—and justified this imposition by asserting, without any specific citations, that Williams’ actions in this regard were “completely dictated... Read more Read more


Free Speech

At Monterey Peninsula College Requirement, #14 of the school’s “Course Proposal Outlines” forced all professors to address diversity and multiculturalism: “Include a description of how course topics are treated to develop a knowledge and understanding of race, class and gender issues.” Professor of English David Clemens refused to go along with the multicultural loyalty oath... Read more Read more



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