Hamline University prides itself on its commitment to diversity. Its website boasts that “Hamline’s five schools have more than 4,500 students, and each one of these students is different …Hamline isn’t a place where you ‘fit in,’ conforming to the Hamline mold. Rather, Hamline ‘fits in’ you, welcoming your unique contributions and valuing who you are.” “Unless you’re an advocate for gun rights,” Hamline administrators might have added. Hamline suspended graduate student Troy Scheffler shortly after he sent two emails to school officials deriding the university’s ban on concealed weapons and suggesting that lifting the ban would help deter school shootings. In order to be considered for re-admission, Scheffler has been required to undergo a psychological evaluation.
FIRE urges Florida lawmakers to remember that the First Amendment protects Americans of all political backgrounds by setting crucial limits on the power that politicians may wield within higher education.