Students at Westfield State University in Massachusetts are subject to disciplinary action if their use of university email is deemed to include “derogatory or inflammatory statements and/or idle gossip.”
In a victory for academic freedom, UNC Chapel Hill announced its decision to not implement recommendations that would condition tenure and promotion on faculty commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
If Trinity University thinks a speaker has any “history of or potential for protests or disturbance,” its Event Review Guidelines allow it to place extra requirements on groups, like taking out insurance.
Last week, FIRE released our annual “Scholars Under Fire” report. The report documents attempts from 2000 to 2022 to sanction scholars for speech that is — or in public settings would be — protected by the First Amendment. We found more than 1,000 sanction attempts, with more than 600 ending in sanction, and more than 200 resulting in the termination of the targeted scholar’s employment.
Our findings were met with a range of positive responses and were covered by more than a dozen publications. However, we want to address one specific criticism that received a fair amount of attention and seeks to delegitimize the purpose of the report.