Lakeland Community College

Location: Willoughby, Ohio
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Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

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  • Lakeland Community College: Disciplining of Professor for Religious Speech

    December 5, 2003

    Lakeland Community College removed a professor of moral philosophy from his classes as punishment for refusing to hide his religious identity from students. The college threatened Dr. James Tuttle, who espouses traditional Catholic beliefs, with dismissal because he made statements on his syllabi and in class that disclosed his religious faith and how that shaped his personal philosophy. He is suing the school in response to its unconstitutional actions. Dr. Tuttle is represented by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, with the public campaign to defend Dr. Tuttle’s rights coordinated by FIRE, which first brought Dr. Tuttle’s case to national attention.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code Policy 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement
    Last updated: October 28, 2013

    Abuse or inappropriate use of college computers, computer equipment or facilities including but not limited to: [...] (5) use of computing facilities to create, send or receive obscene,
    harassing or abusive messages....

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  • Student Handbook – Prescribed Conduct 06-07

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement
    Last updated: December 12, 2013

    It is the intent of this procedure to create a learning environment that is based on honesty, civility and the freedom to pursue knowledge. Such an environment must be free of harassment and hostility in order to encourage each individual to attain his or her fullest potential.

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  • Bible Studies: Not So Bad After All

    March 14, 2006

    FIRE’s press release today announces a tremendous victory for religious liberty throughout the 13 schools in the University of Wisconsin System. Since last November, the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (UWEC) has been under attack for a policy that banned RAs from leading Bible studies—or studies of any other holy book—in their dorm rooms, on the grounds that open religious practice might make RAs less “approachable.” After six months of pressure from FIRE, the UW system’s Board of Regents finally settled the controversy on Friday by approving a policy that gives RAs the right to “participate in, organize, and lead any […]

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  • Lawsuit tests religious speech in class

    July 12, 2004

    In a lawsuit that’s shining a spotlight on the role of religion in higher education, an Ohio community college philosophy professor says administrators punished him because he made a point of disclosing his Catholic beliefs in the classroom.While the college hasn’t presented its side of the story yet, it appears that the case will pit the professor’s freedom of speech against the school’s right to control its staff. There’s a larger question too, one that will be debated outside the court system: Even if it’s legal, should educators ever tell students about their faith?One national organization has already jumped into […]

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  • Philosophy Professor, Punished for Disclosing Religious Beliefs, Sues College

    June 30, 2004

    CLEVELAND, OH,—A philosophy professor who was punished for disclosing his religious viewpoint to students has filed suit against Lakeland Community College in Ohio. Professor James Tuttle was disciplined by the administration and later stripped of his classes for making statements on his syllabi and in class lectures that referenced his religious faith and how it shaped his personal philosophy. Dr. Tuttle is represented by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. The public campaign to defend Dr. Tuttle’s rights has been coordinated by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which first brought Dr. Tuttle’s case to national attention earlier this […]

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  • A Heretic in Academe

    March 18, 2004

    In March of last year, philosophy professor James Tuttle received a complaint that had been forwarded by his superior at Lakeland Community College in Ohio. The student letter-writer charged that Prof. Tuttle had made comments she deemed offensive to women and gays, and that he’d also shown signs of hostility to Muslim women. “I feel,” she wrote, “as if I have been crushed, and forced to endure views that I do not agree with . . . we are supposed to be learning philosophy.” But the main problem, the letter stressed, was the professor’s excessive reference to his religion — […]

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  • Religion in class sparks conflict

    February 6, 2004

    A Lakeland Community College professor says his teaching duties were reduced as punishment for disclosing his religion to his students during class.James Tuttle of Willoughby, a part-time instructor for 41/2 years, claims that the college’s dean of arts and humanities gave him only one class to teach in fall 2003 instead of the three he expected. He said he was further punished when he was given the last pick of classes for this spring, leaving only logic classes which he chose not to teach. Lakeland President Morris Beverage Jr. said that Tuttle was not being punished and that religion was […]

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