Asnuntuck Community College

Location: Enfield, Connecticut
Website: http://www.asnuntuck.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

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  • 2015 Jefferson Muzzle Awards

    April 21, 2015

    By Hank Reichman at The Academe Blog Since 1992 the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at the University of Virginia has celebrated the birth and ideals of its namesake by calling attention each year to those who would censor free expression.  Announced on or near April 13—the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson—the Jefferson Muzzles are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment. The Muzzles are a good-natured rebuke to all government officials, lest […]

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  • College Student Suspended for Asking about Gun Laws

    June 23, 2014

    By Macaela Bennett at The College Fix A Connecticut college student who was suspended for asking Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy about the state’s gun laws maintains his innocence in an interview with The College Fix, saying he was railroaded by administrators and deserves to have his record expunged. Last fall, Asnuntuck Community College student Nicholas Saucier was suspended after he questioned Malloy about the state’s new gun laws during a campus visit to a conference focused on how to expand businesses and help residents and veterans. Saucier, a veteran, was upset his ammunition company may be forced to leave the state following laws signed by […]

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  • College Violates Student’s Rights, Follows It Up By Deleting Critical Comments From Its Facebook Page

    April 8, 2014

    By Tim Crushing at Techdirt Another college has deployed censorious tactics, and as usual, FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) has the story. On October 23, 2013, Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) student Nicholas Saucier had a videotaped conversation about recent gun legislation with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who was visiting campus as part of an ongoing conference. At the end of the conversation, during which he called Malloy a “snake” as Malloy left in his vehicle, Saucier was confronted by the college’s president and a campus security officer, who escorted him off campus. The college charged Saucier with harassment and making […]

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  • College Accused of Censorship Fights Back… by Censoring FB Page

    April 6, 2014

    By Robby Soave at The Daily Caller A Connecticut community college accused of abridging a student’s free speech and due process rights addressed criticisms of its actions by shutting down its Facebook page. Administrators at Asnuntuck Community College also insisted that the details of its treatment of student and veteran Nicholas Saucier have been misreported by First Amendment activists. Saucier was suspended by the college after he approached and questioned Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, about his stance on gun control during the governor’s visit to campus. Saucier runs an ammunition manufacturing company, and Malloy’s policies threatened his business. The […]

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  • Connecticut Student Suspended For Asking Governor Questions About Gun Control

    April 4, 2014

    By Steve Watson at InfoWars.com In a blatant violation of the right to free speech, a college student in Connecticut has been suspended after he asked Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy several questions about his stance on gun control during an appearance at a public forum. The student, Nicholas Saucier, approached Malloy after the campus event at Asnuntuck Community College, and asked him to address his support for gun control legislation which, Saucier claims, has negatively impacted the student’s ammunition manufacturing business. The exchange, which occurred in October of last year, was caught on video. As the video shows, Saucier was […]

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  • Conn. Student Suspended After Asking Gov. Malloy Question About Gun Control Law

    April 3, 2014

    By Joe Newby at Examiner.com Nicholas Saucier, a veteran student at Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut, was suspended after questioning Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy about the state’s new gun control law at a public forum, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday. The student was also officially charged with engaging in harassment and showing disrespect for Malloy. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Saucier, a veteran of the U.S. Army, called Malloy a “snake” as the governor left in his vehicle. He was then confronted by the college’s president and a campus security officer, who escorted him off campus, FIRE added. The incident, […]

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  • College Student Confronts Connecticut Gov. About His Gun Stance — Now He’s Been Suspended From School

    April 3, 2014

    By Elizabeth Kreft at The Blaze  A Connecticut community college suspended a student after he approached Gov. Dannel Malloy and asked him several questions about gun control laws, according to the Daily Caller. Saucier recorded his conversation with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, seen here gesturing away from the student. (Image source: YouTube) Nicholas Saucier, a student at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, recorded video of a conversation in October 2013 with Malloy, a Democrat, who was speaking at ACC that day. Saucier tried to get Malloy to answer questions about his support for gun control legislation, which has put Saucier’s ammunition […]

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  • College Suspends Student for Asking Questions About Gun Control

    April 2, 2014

    By Robby Soave at The Daily Caller A Connecticut community college suspended a student veteran for his aggressive questioning of Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy during a public forum, prompting a First Amendment advocacy group to condemn the college for its flagrant disrespect for free speech and due process. The student, Nicholas Saucier, tried to get Malloy to answer questions about his support for gun control legislation, which has put Saucier’s ammunition manufacturing business in jeopardy. Saucier followed Malloy to his car after the governor finished speaking at a public forum at Asnuntuck Community College. The exchange took place in October […]

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  • 2015 ‘Jefferson Muzzle’ Awards Feature FIRE Cases

    April 21, 2015

    Last night, the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression announced the recipients of the 2015 “Jefferson Muzzle” awards, bestowed upon the worst government censors and punishers of protected speech in the past year. The TJ Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization in Charlottesville, Virginia, dedicated to protecting free speech. I worked for the TJ Center before coming to FIRE, and I saw firsthand how tough the competition for the Muzzle awards is each year—there are a depressingly large number of qualified nominees. Just like last year, a few of the 2015 “winners” will sound familiar to Torch […]

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  • Boston’s WGBH Announces Muzzle Award ‘Winners’

    July 9, 2014

    Boston’s WGBH News has just announced the “winners” of its 2014 Muzzle Awards, given to those who have particularly impeded freedom of speech over the past year. Formerly published in the Boston Phoenix, WGBH has adopted the awards and is continuing the tradition of “singl[ing] out the dramatic and the petty, the epic and the absurd.”

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  • Asnuntuck Censors Facebook Criticism of First Amendment and Due Process Violations

    April 4, 2014

    Asnuntuck Community College’s (ACC’s) attempts to avoid negative publicity backfired brilliantly yesterday in front of visitors to its official Facebook page.

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  • Are Kangaroo Courts the Norm at Asnuntuck Community College?

    April 2, 2014

    If you’re a Connecticut student looking for a college that can be trusted with your free speech and due process rights, you could do a heck of a lot better than Asnuntuck Community College (ACC). That’s the lesson to be taken from the case of student Nicholas Saucier, who after recording a conversation with the state’s governor was suspended, charged with harassment and threatening behavior, and, as our press release yesterday noted, put through a disciplinary process biased against him in a way practically guaranteed to result in a guilty finding.

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  • Asnuntuck C.C. Punishes Student Speech, Ignores This Exculpatory Video

    April 1, 2014

    FIRE has called on Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) to drop its disciplinary action against a student following a conversation on campus with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Making matters worse, ACC deprived the student of crucial due process protections, even refusing to review exculpatory video evidence.

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