A Florida judge ruled this week that a lawsuit by former University of Central Florida football player and popular YouTuber Donald De La Haye against UCF may proceed because he has a plausible First Amendment claim.» Read More
If you’ve been reading FIRE’s Newsdesk and following our social media accounts this week, you’ve seen the bad news out of the University of Kansas. Late Wednesday, KU removed a public art installation after some, including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Governor Jeff Colyer, said the artwork desecrated the American flag.
The artwork in question, “Untitled (Flag 2),” by Josephine Meckseper, uses the American flag as its canvas, and is described by the artist as “a collage of an American flag and one of my dripped paintings which resembles the contours of the [...] » Read More
It’s hard to forget your first college move-in day. Emotions are running high as you lug your overstuffed suitcases into your new dorm room. I was about to begin the next chapter of my life at Yale, and I was as ecstatic as I was overwhelmed. I kissed my family goodbye and nervously went to introduce myself to the five other girls who I would now be living with. We quickly bonded over my Frank Sinatra poster and our mutual love of tacos.
However, underneath our long talks and late-night bacon, egg, and cheese runs, there was an unspoken tension [...] » Read More
Walking up the steps to Cornell University’s Kennedy Auditorium this past spring, I was expecting a larger crowd. Dick Cheney was invited to speak by the Cornell Republicans and there had been talk for weeks about large, organized protests to his presence on campus. But as I approached the door to the auditorium, I was met by only a small handful of protesters, numbering twenty at most. They played music, chanted “Palestine will be free,” and raised painted signs.
Their peaceful activity greatly contrasted with the number of police officers all around — two at the front door, four in the [...] » Read More
On July 6, a New York court ruled that the State University of New York at Buffalo violated the due process rights of a student found responsible for misconduct by the school. The decision criticizes UB’s failure to afford due process rights and reminds universities of the importance of ensuring fundamental fairness in their disciplinary proceedings.
The case involves an undergraduate student at UB, Tyrone Hill, who was found responsible for harassment and for possessing a weapon. According to Hill, he was receiving a ride home from his UB football teammate, Zachary Lefebvre, when a group of freshman football [...] » Read More
Category: Newsdesk, Top Story Schools: State University Of New York – University at Buffalo
A controversy is brewing over a flag being flown at the University of Kansas as part of a nationwide public art series. The series, called “Pledges of Allegiance,” is a project of the New York-based arts nonprofit Creative Time, displaying a rotation of flags addressing a variety of themes and topics by artists from around the world. While the series consists of 16 artworks, the ire is focused on one in particular: “Untitled (Flag 2)” by artist Josephine Meckseper. Meckseper describes the work as “a collage of an American flag and one of my dripped paintings which resembles the contours of the United States.”» Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for July 2018: Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Carleton is private, and thus not legally bound by the First Amendment, but college policy states that “[t]he President and the Dean consider the protection of the right of individuals to express their views freely and without risk of repercussions to be among our most important responsibilities.” You would expect, then, that Carleton’s policies would protect “the right of individuals to express their views freely and without risk of repercussions” … but you would be wrong. Rather, Carleton maintains a range of policies [...] » Read More
On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we discuss President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court and what it might mean for the First Amendment. We also review Anthony Kennedy’s legacy, the free speech cases from this past Supreme Court term, and Justice Elena Kagan’s contention that some of her colleagues are “weaponizing the First Amendment.”
The guests on today’s show are:
Paul Sherman: Senior attorney, Institute for Justice
Bob Corn-Revere: Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
Walter Olson: Senior fellow, Cato Institute
You can subscribe and listen to So [...] » Read More
On Sept. 27, 2017, student group W&M Concerned Students , shut down Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, the executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, from speaking at my school, College of William & Mary. Gastañaga’s speech topic was, ironically, “Students and the First Amendment.” A few minutes into her speech, hecklers began shouting phrases at Gastañaga such as “the oppressed are not impressed,” and “shame, shame, shame, shame.” The group also chanted, “The revolution will not uphold the Constitution,” and “liberalism is white supremacy.”
Art censorship is nothing new. Spanish conquistadors smashed ceramics of ancient Peruvian cultures that portrayed gay and lesbian sex.» Read More
Category: Newsdesk, Press Releases
Schools: Polk State College
University of New Hampshire
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Tarleton State University
Washington State University
California State University – Long Beach
Kennesaw State University
Gainesville State College
Salem State University
University of Southern Maine
University of Iowa
Cases: Polk State College: Professor’s Provocative Political Artwork Barred from Faculty Art Exhibition Brandeis University: Cancellation of Lenny Bruce-inspired play University of New Hampshire: Student-Created Display on ‘Street Harassment’ Removed Winthrop University: Student Faced With Spurious Charges, Threats of Expulsion or Suspension for Anti-Lynching Art Installation California State University, Long Beach: Censorship of Play Satirizing Racial Stereotypes University of Iowa: Art Professor’s Controversial Display Removed After Student Complaints University of Wisconsin – Stout: Censorship, Referral to Threat Assessment Team, and Threat of Criminal Charges after Professor Puts Posters Outside Office Door Gainesville State College: President Censors Faculty Art Critical of Confederate Heritage Pennsylvania State University – University Park: Student Sues for Art Censorship Washington State University: Administrative Support for Heckler’s Veto of Student Play