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Andre Massena was almost expelled from SUNY Binghamton after he publicly criticized a faculty member he thought was responsible for social injustice. With FIRE’s help, Andre graduated.

Johns Hopkins University earned its Red Alert designation by suspending eighteen-year-old junior Justin Park for posting an “offensive” Halloween party invitation on Facebook. Because some found the invitation racially offensive, Park was charged with and found guilty of “harassment,” “intimidation,” and “failing to respect the rights of others.” Although it was later reduced in the face of public pressure, Park’s original punishment included suspension from the university for a year, completion of 300 hours of community service, an assignment to read 12 books and to write a reflection paper on each, and mandatory attendance at a workshop on diversity and race relations. Johns Hopkins President William Brody made matters worse shortly after Park’s suspension by introducing a new and chillingly broad “civility” code prohibiting “rude, disrespectful behavior” at the university, and by stating in an article in The JHU Gazette that speech that is “tasteless” or that breaches standards of “civility” will not be allowed. Read Full Article

Speech Code Rating

Johns Hopkins University has been given a speech code rating of Red. You may read more about this institution’s speech codes at this page.

A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

FIRE Cases at Johns Hopkins University

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