Catawba Valley Community College

Location: Hickory, North Carolina
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  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Richmond

    February 5, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for February 2014: the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond’s Standards of Student Conduct prohibit any “inappropriate behavior or expression,” giving the administration complete discretion to punish virtually any expression it finds inconvenient or unwelcome.

  • Marc Bechtol: Prophet of Ill-Gotten Profit?

    August 9, 2012

    As the saying goes, "a prophet is without honor in his own country." That’s certainly how Catawba Valley Community College (N.C.) treated student Marc Bechtol, who was banned from campus from sarcastically complaining on Facebook about the college’s deal with the Higher One financial services company. Today comes the news from The Chronicle of Higher… Read more

  • ‘Fee Speech’: When University-Bank Partnerships Silence Students

    June 4, 2012

    Last October, FIRE intervened to protect student speech following a disturbing incident at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC), where student Marc Bechtol was kicked out of classes mid-semester and banned from campus for two additional semesters for violating the school’s policy prohibiting any "offense which, in the opinion of the administration or faculty, may be contrary… Read more

  • Thomas Jefferson Center Awards “Muzzles” to Censors at Catawba Valley, Sam Houston State

    April 12, 2012

    Every year since 1992, the good folks at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression award their annual "Jefferson Muzzles" to recognize those across the nation "who in the preceding year committed some of the more egregious or ridiculous affronts to the First Amendment right of free speech." And just about every… Read more

  • ‘New York Times’ Covers CVCC’s Punishment of Student for Facebook Complaint

    November 16, 2011

    Bucks, the personal finance blog of The New York Times, has published an entry on the Higher One financial services company and its controversial deals with colleges. In case readers missed it, Higher One was the flashpoint of one of FIRE’s recent high-profile cases, after Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) student Marc Bechtol faced a… Read more

  • Editorial in ‘Shelby Star’ Drives the Point Home About CVCC Free Speech Case

    October 20, 2011

    Yesterday, Joanna highlighted an article in North Carolina’s Shelby Star bringing further attention to FIRE’s case at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). The Shelby Star is the latest media outlet to cover this outrageous free speech case, in which student Marc Bechtol was pulled out of class and, without a hearing, given a suspension for… Read more

  • ‘Shelby Star’ on CVCC and Free Speech

    October 19, 2011

    The case of Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) student Marc Bechtol, who was banned from campus for a Facebook post about the school’s aggressive marketing of a debit card company to its students, has garnered a significant amount of attention from the media. We’re glad that with this reaction and pressure from FIRE, Marc Bechtol’s… Read more

  • Student Banned from Campus for Facebook Post Makes MSNBC and More

    October 17, 2011

    In case you missed it last week, all charges against the Catawba Valley Community College student who was banned from campus for a Facebook post have been dropped, and he is free to step foot again on the school’s North Carolina campus. The absurd case alarmed a significant number of free speech supporters and media… Read more

  • This Week in FIRE News: Victory for Student Banned from Campus for Facebook Post

    October 14, 2011

    It’s been a whirlwind week for Catawba Valley Community College student Marc Bechtol. On Wednesday, we reported in a national press release that he had been pulled out of his classroom and banned from campus after he complained on Facebook about his school’s aggressive marketing of a debit card company to its students. Thanks in… Read more

  • Victory: Charges Dropped for North Carolina Student Banned from Campus, But Unconstitutional Policy Remains

    October 14, 2011

    Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) student Marc Bechtol learned this morning that all charges against him have been dropped and he is free to step foot on campus. Bechtol was pulled out of his classroom last week, suspended for two semesters, and banned from campus without a hearing after he complained on Facebook about his school’s… Read more

  • Video of Student Banned from Campus for Facebook Post on WCNC, Charlotte

    October 13, 2011

    Late last night, NewsChannel 36 in Charlotte, N.C. (WCNC) filmed Catawba Valley Community College student Marc Bechtol, who was banned from campus for taking to Facebook to protest CVCC’s deal with a debit card company. The video spot illuminates the satirical intent of Bechtol’s Facebook comment, and the absurdity of CVCC’s actions. If you haven’t… Read more

  • Adam in ‘USA TODAY College’ on Catawba Valley Case

    October 13, 2011

    FIRE’s own Adam Kissel is featured on the front page of today’s USA TODAY College online edition discussing Hickory, North Carolina-based Catawba Valley Community College’s (CVCC’s) indefensible decision to suspend a student for two full semesters for his Facebook complaint about the college’s deal with a financial services company. Student Marc Bechtol, a father of… Read more

  • Student Banned from Campus after Protesting College’s Deal with Debit Card Company on Facebook

    October 12, 2011

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 12, 2011—A North Carolina college student was pulled out of his classroom last week and banned from campus after he complained on Facebook about his school’s aggressive marketing of a debit card company to its students. After officials at Catawba Valley Community College punished him for a satirical Facebook post deemed “contrary… Read more