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


Free Speech

Tufts University’s Committee on Student Life voted to remand the charges against the Tufts Christian Fellowship (TCF). Without a hearing, in a capricious late-night meeting on April 13, 2000, the Student Judiciary voted officially to “derecognize” TCF, the equivalent of a banishment from the facilities of the Tufts campus. The Tufts evangelicals were punished for... Read more Read more


Free Speech

At the University of California, Santa Barbara, grad student Christopher Brown was denied a Master’s degree for over one year for using language deemed offensive in the preface of his thesis. Brown submitted the thesis, along with his “Disacknowledgments.” Told he would not receive a degree unless he removed the language, Brown took out what... Read more Read more


Free Speech

At Saint Cloud State University the campus newspaper, the University Chronicle quoted student Christopher Monson, who argued that a public university had obligations to public access and legal equality: it would be illegal not to allow such persons as credit card companies on campus, just as “not allowing blacks on campus” would be illegal. Four... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The editor-in-chief of the Georgetown University’s student newspaper, The Hoya, resorted to student self-censorship. David Jung Wong, a sophomore from Hollywood, Florida, fired Robert Swope, a conservative columnist, for having angered campus feminists with his weekly op-eds. Wong was unhappy with Swope’s unrepentant politically incorrect views and took it upon himself to rid the paper... Read more Read more



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