Freedom of Conscience

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Freedom of Conscience

At North Shore Community College, FIRE became concerned about the threat to freedom of conscience posed by NSCC’s job announcement requiring “Appreciation of multiculturalism” for a full-time faculty member in the school’s English Department. This requirement imposed a political litmus test on job candidates and forced a faculty member to maintain a fundamental viewpoint with... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Since Virginia Tech first rescinded its ideological litmus test for faculty in its liberal arts college under pressure from FIRE, the school has slowly been making progress toward intellectual freedom. Most recently, Virginia Tech removed a politicized elaboration of “diversity accomplishments” from its university-wide tenure and promotion guidelines. A separate document still contains the diversity... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Following an intense campaign led by FIRE and national media attention, the University of Delaware dropped an ideological reeducation program that was referred to in the university’s own materials as a “treatment” for students’ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The program’s stated goal was for the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved... Read more Read more


Due Process

Hamline University suspended a student after he sent an e-mail suggesting that the Virginia Tech massacre might have been stopped if students had been allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus. Student Troy Scheffler was required to undergo a mandatory “mental health evaluation” before being allowed to return to school. Scheffler was suspended without due... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

In an important victory for free association, Central Michigan University (CMU) revised a policy that absurdly banned ideological and political groups from “discriminating” on the basis of “political persuasion.” FIRE urged CMU to change this policy after students hostile to the mission of the Young Americans for Freedom student group attempted to become members of... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Emily Brooker sued Missouri State University (MSU) after she was threatened with expulsion and charged with violating MSU’s “Standards of Essential Functioning” for refusing to lobby the Missouri legislature on behalf of homosexual adoption. The lawsuit was settled in her favor. An outside investigation of the School of Social Work found ideological coercion on the... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

For the second time in two years, Hampton University inexplicably denied official recognition to students seeking to start a gay and lesbian group on campus. The group, Students Promoting Equality, Action and Knowledge (SPEAK), contacted FIRE, which wrote a letter to Hampton on urging the university to recognize SPEAK or provide an adequate explanation for... Read more Read more



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