Free Speech

In February 2021, UCC nursing student Kaylyn Willis responded to an online discussion assignment prompting students to use their “critical imagining” to reflect on patients with chronic illness losing their support systems. Willis’ response, imagining a scenario in which an individual with ALS shot and killed her husband, resulted in her expulsion from the program,... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In 2018, the Texas New Service, a student newspaper at Tarleton State University, published articles about allegations of sexual harassment against then-Tarleton Professor Michael Landis. In July 2021, TNS received a demand letter from Landis’ attorney alleging that TNS’ reporting was defamatory. Tarleton’s administration then directed TNS to remove all “articles/videos referenced” in the demand... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Si v. EVMS – Complaint Edward Si, a medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School, applied to form a chapter of Students for a National Health Program, a national student organization dedicated to advocating for a single-payer health system, in December 2020. EVMS’s Student Government Association denied the application because it did “not want to... Read more Read more


Free Speech

On August 11, 2021, Fresno State’s College Republicans quote tweeted a video of a military veteran saying people who don’t wear masks are “cowards.” The group responded that the veteran, who has been outspoken about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, would “break down” from hearing fireworks and that the “vast majority” of the military... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In July 2020, UVA student Morgan Bettinger found the street blocked by protesters as she drove home from work. She told the driver of a city garbage truck, which blocked the street, “it’s a good thing that you are here because, otherwise, these people would have been speed bumps.” Although UVA’s equal opportunity office determined... Read more Read more


Free Speech

After Iowa’s legislature adopted a statute barring certain “concepts” from mandatory trainings provided by public universities, Iowa State University issued guidance warning its faculty that the law limits class discussions that could be construed as “required.” On July 27, 2021, FIRE wrote to the university, explaining that the law was not intended to reach classroom... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In October 2020, two students presented a proposal to Illinois Tech’s student senate to start a Turning Point USA chapter at the university. The chapter was denied recognition after student senators cited “problematic occurrences of systemic racism” and “controversies with several activists, speakers, and supporters of” the TPUSA national organization. The students later withdrew a... Read more Read more


Cases

Summary On June 10, 2020, four organizations that represent student survivors of sexual harassment and assault challenged the Department of Education’s Title IX regulations in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. FIRE, joined by Independent Women’s Law Center and Speech First, moved to intervene as defendants on July 21, 2020. After the... 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


Free Speech

In March 2021, after discussing dissatisfaction with content in student newspaper The Torch, the Student Activity Fee Committee at Lane Community College voted to reduce funding for the publication by more than $5,000, depending on enrollment — a reduction later slightly reduced. This recommendation was subsequently affirmed by the Lane Board of Education. On July... Read more Read more



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