Cases

On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education finalized regulations that guarantee college students important free speech and due process rights on campus. Read more


Free Speech

In April 2020, Whitman College instituted a policy of prior review of messages on student email listservs. This decision came in the wake of controversial posts on a “confessions” Instagram account, to which students could anonymously submit posts. Students used a listserv to engage in conversations about these “confessions” posts. On May 1, FIRE wrote... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In April 2020, Dickinson College’s administration and campus security team sought to identify the anonymous operator of a “menofdickinson” Instagram account, which posted misogynistic memes following protests against Dickinson’s Title IX policies. FIRE wrote to the college’s administration, explaining that Dickinson’s own policies recognize that speech remains protected even if it is offensive, and that... Read more Read more


Due Process

On April 8, 2020, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) student Russell Parker was golfing on his nearly-empty campus when a staff member ordered him to leave and threatened to tow his nearby car if he refused. Parker asked the administrator if he was “on some kind of power trip” and said he was “being an... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2020, Worcester State University students Anthony Winship and Alvin Marchena appeared before the Student Government Association on behalf of their proposed student organization, a student chapter of Turning Point USA. After the presentation, they fielded questions from student senators concerning their views and the views of the national organization. On March 5, the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

The University of La Verne placed Professor Diane Klein on unpaid leave and initiated proceedings to strip her of tenure and terminate her after another faculty member, Assistant Dean Jendayi Saada, alleged that an offhand, metaphorical comment Klein made — a remark about “assassinating” Saada while Klein’s faculty committee was discussing whether to include in... Read more Read more


Free Speech

NYU Grossman School of Medicine insisted that its faculty members, many of them serving on the front lines of the coronavirus response, follow a restrictive media policy that requires them to refrain from speaking to the press without advance permission from the university’s marketing and communications administrators. Faculty were explicitly threatened with disciplinary action including... Read more Read more


Free Speech

Members of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Student Government Association,   including its president, were seen taking or trashing copies of school paper, The Commonwealth Times, on February 26, 2020 — the same day as a front-page story detailing SGA members’ infighting. FIRE, joined by the Student Press Law Center, wrote to SGA president Breanna Harmon on... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2020, Michigan State University’s president participated in an online question-and-answer session facilitated by the student government. After several anonymous commenters made remarks viewers interpreted as racially offensive, media reports indicated that the university’s police department was, at the request of the student government, seeking to identify the anonymous users. FIRE wrote to the... Read more Read more


Free Speech

In February 2020, student organization Sexual Health Awareness Group at Indiana University, Bloomington put on its annual SexFest, an event aimed at “providing information about and promoting safe sexual practice.” After a video taken at a SexFest demonstration on BDSM sparked controversy online, university administrators unilaterally canceled the last day of SexFest. While officials cited... Read more Read more



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