Duquesne University

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Type: Private

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  • 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2021

    February 17, 2021

    This year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is releasing its 10th list of the “worst colleges for free speech.” Since our first list in 2011, more than 70 institutions in 31 states have found themselves named and shamed for actively working to shut down student and faculty speech rights. Each year, hundreds of… Read more

  • FIRE presents the 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2021

    February 17, 2021

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17, 2021 — Would you make a student homeless during the pandemic because you didn’t like something he said? Or threaten faculty doctors fighting COVID-19 with termination for speaking to the press? If you’re a campus official at one of the schools on this list, you just might! In the 10th edition of… Read more

  • Duquesne faculty committee urges reinstatement of professor Gary Shank

    January 27, 2021

    A Duquesne faculty grievance committee’s independent analysis in the case of Gary Shank arrives at the same basic recommendation, albeit with different reasoning, as FIRE: that Shank should not have been terminated for “brief” use of the N-word in a relevant class discussion and should be reinstated. Shank was put on leave in September, then… Read more

  • Duquesne terminates Gary Shank over racial slur discussion, violating academic freedom promises

    October 7, 2020

    Shank received notice of termination this morning, his lawyer says. FIRE has asked the Department of Education to investigate Duquesne for substantial misrepresentations of its educational program. Duquesne University issued a termination letter to professor Gary Shank this morning. Shank had been on leave since controversy erupted in September over his use of the N-word… Read more

  • Duquesne flouts academic freedom, risks massive liability in punishing professor Gary Shank for racial slur discussion

    September 17, 2020

    FIRE calls on Duquesne University to keep the strong free speech and academic freedom promises it makes to faculty.  In a letter sent to the university yesterday, we explained that Duquesne broke those promises last week when it suspended education professor Gary Shank for using a racial slur in a class discussion of why he… Read more

  • Duquesne walks back censorship of campus fashion show

    October 8, 2019

    Duquesne University came under scrutiny last week when, in the same week the Pope met with a top U.S. Jesuit leader to discuss LGBTQ issues, the Catholic university with strong free speech promises allegedly banned a student group from using the term “gender-neutral” in connection with its annual Gender Neutral Fashion Show. Thankfully, Duquesne reversed… Read more

  • Duquesne University student government sought “injunction” barring student newspaper from publishing budget

    September 13, 2017

    Student government officials at Duquesne University tried — and apparently failed — to prevent their student newspaper from publishing information about the government’s budget. The Duquesne Duke reports: Last week, Duquesne University Student Government Association (SGA) sought to prevent The Duke from publishing part of its annual budget that doles out money to student programs… Read more