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Associated Press Covers Marshall Victory
The Associated Press reported on FIRE’s victory at Marshall University, where the school offered three orientation courses for “African-American students only.” Marshall dropped the racially exclusive language after FIRE sent the university a letter warning that such classes violated state and federal law, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The article reports that Marshall defended the policy as an effort by black faculty members to help African-American students “form a bond” in a “predominantly white community.” Regardless of intention, separate but equal was done away with in 1954 when the Supreme Court decided Brown vs. Board of Education.
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One year after expanding into off-campus free speech advocacy, we’re working tirelessly on behalf of individuals of all backgrounds and perspectives, protecting free speech throughout the country without fear, favor, or apology.
Mayo Clinic medical college to doctor: Sit down and shut up
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science suspended professor Michael J. Joyner for speaking to journalists in his personal capacity because he “failed to communicate in accordance with prescribed messaging.”
UPDATE: UNC Chapel Hill’s clarification on DEI task force reignites FIRE’s First Amendment concerns
FIRE wrote the UNC School of Medicine about recommendations from a DEI task force report that, if implemented, would violate faculty members’ First Amendment rights.