Recently, National Women’s Law Center fellow Fran Faircloth criticized FIRE on the YWCA’s blog for speaking out against the federal “blueprint” for campus sexual misconduct policies set forth by the Departments of Justice and Education on May 9. In her article, titled “Pants on FIRE: Four Myths (and Truths) About the Work of the Departments of Education and Justice on Sexual Violence at Schools,” Faircloth falls into two familiar traps. She conflates physical conduct with speech and trusts colleges and universities to apply vague and overbroad rules properly, despite the decades-long history of the threat to free speech [...] » Read More
Decision in Corlett v. Oakland University, United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan, July 23, 2013
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The recent Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization included a provision tying institutional receipt of federal education funds to "dual appeal" rights for both accuser and accused. This proposal raises serious double jeopardy and due process questions concerning college disciplinary proceedings, particularly at public universities. This article explores the constitutional rights issues at stake when accused students are subjected to rehearings before college disciplinary boards.
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Arizona State University blocked access to the website change.org after it was used to spam thousands of university email accounts in early December 2011. Since spam emails are frequently used to distribute viruses and other malware that is installed on client machines without the recipient’s notice, the university routinely blocks both inbound and outbound access to sites that distribute spam to stop the propagation of malware and the associated compromise of an individual’s personal information or the security of university accounts and information. The university blocks spam emails regardless of their content.
ASU strongly supports the First Amendment and an individual’s [...] » Read More
Alexandra Wallace announced she will no longer be attending UCLA in an apology letter released to the Daily Bruin on Friday.
Wallace, the creator of the “Asians in the Library” video that went viral last Sunday, released a statement through a spokesman for the Wallace family.
The letter comes the day UCLA announced that it will not take action against Wallace for the video.
Below is Wallace’s full letter:
In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture. I am truly sorry for the hurtful words I said and the pain [...] » Read More
[UPDATED at 10:55 p.m.: Read the Daily Bruin’s full story here. The story can be found in papers available on stands Tuesday morning.]
[UPDATED at 3:20 p.m.:
The university has confirmed that the person in the video “Asians in the Library” is Alexandra Wallace, a student at UCLA, said Robert Naples, associate vice chancellor and dean of students.
Naples called the video “beyond distasteful,” saying that her comments in no way represent the views of the UCLA as a community.
Naples said he personally received more than 100 e-mails of complaint from individuals all over the country, primarily from people affiliated with UCLA.
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February 1, 2011
Today I received a letter from Faculty Prosecutor Professor Gregory Germain via my lawyer Mark Blum. In the letter, Prof. Germain announced that he had decided that it was not in the best interests of the school to proceed with any charges. The SUCOLitis investigation is over, 109 days after it began. I am extremely relieved. Moreover I am indebted to my lawyer Mark Blum, to Adam Kissel and the good people of FIRE, and to my countless supporters and friends. Without them I could never have made it this far. Thank you.» Read More