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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  • Saying He Was Punished for Revealing His Faith, Adjunct Sues Ohio College

    July 26, 2004

    An adjunct professor of philosophy at Lakeland Community College has sued the Ohio college, saying it violated his First Amendment rights when it punished him for disclosing his religious beliefs to students in class. James G. Tuttle had taught at the college, which is outside Cleveland, for four years when a student complained, in the spring of 2003, to James L. Brown, dean of the division of arts and humanities, that Mr. Tuttle had referred to his Roman Catholic faith too often. Mr. Tuttle said this month that he was then stripped of his seniority, had his course load reduced, […]

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  • Professor charges anti-Catholic bias

    July 8, 2004

    By Deb McCrown at The Washington Times A college philosophy instructor says he filed a lawsuit in federal court after school administrators punished him for telling students that his personal philosophy is based on his Catholic faith. The complaint states that administrators at Lakeland Community College outside Cleveland stripped James Tuttle of his seniority, reduced his teaching load and salary, and failed to renew his contract after a student complained about Mr. Tuttle’s comments in class and disclaimer on his course syllabus, on which the teacher identifies himself as “a Catholic Christian philosopher and theologian.” Mr. Tuttle, who filed the […]

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  • Tolerance Counseling

    February 9, 2004

    A philosophy professor at Lakeland Community College near Cleveland, Ohio, has been removed from his post for not disguising his deeply held Catholic beliefs, reports the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.   FIRE says James Tuttle’s troubles began in May 2003 when a student complained to administrators that the professor mentioned his Catholic beliefs too often in class and suggested that he needed “counseling for tolerance.”   Following the complaint, Dr. Tuttle added disclaimers to the syllabi of two of his classes informing students that the professor was “a committed Catholic Christian philosopher and theologian.” He also encouraged students who […]

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