Freedom of Conscience

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The University of Oregon requires current and prospective faculty to submit statements discussing their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion to be eligible for hiring, promotion, and tenure. These policies — including the guidelines and rubrics used to evaluate the DEI statements — require faculty to affirm UO’s views on DEI and to promote these... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

In March 2022, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors published notice of its proposal to adopt regulations that would add diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility criteria to faculty evaluation and tenure review standards. On April 22, FIRE submitted a public comment explaining the proposed regulations would violate faculty members’ academic freedom and First Amendment... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In June 2022, the Indiana University School of Medicine revised its tenure and promotion standards to require faculty to write statements showing their efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. On July 11, FIRE wrote IUSM explaining the requirement threatens academic freedom by coercing faculty seeking tenure and promotion to demonstrate their commitment to prescribed... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In March 2022, the University of Washington’s Faculty Council on Race, Equity, and Justice submitted to the faculty senate a proposed amendment to the faculty code that would require tenure and promotion candidates to “reflect on past and planned contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the self-assessment of their qualifications for tenure or promotion.”... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In early 2022, the University of Toledo proposed a policy that would require students and faculty to use individuals’ “chosen first names” in all communications that occur on campus or in university programs and activities. FIRE wrote to UToledo on February 14, explaining that the policy is overbroad under the First Amendment because it is... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Boston University’s mandatory training on preventing discrimination and harassment asks faculty members opinion-based questions and requires them to select the university’s preferred answers to complete the training. On December 17, 2021, FIRE wrote to BU explaining that requiring faculty members to affirm viewpoints with which they may disagree amounts to compelled speech in violation of... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In 2020, Boston University’s School of Theatre and the university’s Boston Playwrights’ Theatre producing company adopted statements on diversity and anti-racism that included compulsory speech requirements for faculty, and mandated the teaching of certain materials through an “anti-racist lens.” After the Academic Freedom Committee of BU’s Faculty Council raised concerns about the statements, BU’s administration... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In 2021, UC Santa Cruz required applicants for many faculty roles to submit a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” evaluating the statements with a rubric that penalizes applicants for refusing to personally affirm the university’s views on contested social and political issues. On December 7, 2021, FIRE wrote to UC Santa Cruz,... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

In August 2020, Iowa Law’s Anti-Racism Action Committee recommended the school ask faculty about their contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty evaluations. On October 12, 2020, FIRE wrote to Iowa Law, urging the law school to not implement the committee’s recommendation, as it could serve as an ideological litmus test for faculty. From... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

In February 2021, a Bridgewater State University student tweeted a screenshot of a hypothetical question from a research survey that negatively portrayed Black Lives Matter. The purpose of the survey was to examine how the language used to frame an issue affects perceptions and decision-making. The screenshot sparked an outcry, and in response, BSU’s Racial... Read more Read more



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