Freedom of Conscience

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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


Free Speech

In April 2021, as part of Cornell’s anti-racism initiative, a Faculty Senate working group issued a report proposing an “educational requirement” for faculty, which would require that faculty candidates for renewal, promotion, or tenure submit a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In a June 7 letter to Cornell, FIRE called on the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In the fall 2020 semester, the Rutgers Law School, Camden Campus Student Bar Association amended its constitution to require all student groups to hold events addressing “topics through the lens of Critical Race Theory, diversity and inclusion, or cultural competency” to be eligible for more than $250 in student activity fee funding. On May 17,... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

The University of Oklahoma’s mandatory diversity training requires faculty and staff to affirm university-approved viewpoints to complete the training. On November 16, 2020, FIRE wrote to OU to explain that requiring students and faculty to state that they agree with ideas that they may oppose amounts to compelled speech, which is unconstitutional. FIRE also submitted... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Following the January 6, 2021, protests and riots at the United States Capitol, an SU Law student asked the law school to revoke the Federalist Society chapter’s recognition because the student group would not denounce Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, both former FedSoc members, for objecting to the election’s certification. In response, the law... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2021, state lawmakers and members of the public called for action after members of the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team knelt during the national anthem prior to a game. FIRE, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and PEN America wrote letters to ETSU and Randy Boyd, the president of the University of... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Requiring students to profess viewpoints with which they may disagree violates the students’ freedom of conscience. Read more


Freedom of Conscience

The Vanderbilt chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) was told in April 2011 that recognition of its constitution would be "deferred," and Vanderbilt claimed that the group's Statement of Faith violated university policies. Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Hamilton College has failed to explain its actions against freedom of conscience and its suggestion that women at Hamilton College are unsafe because of the campus' "rape culture." Read more



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