St. Augustine’s University

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Type: Private

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  • The top 12 worst colleges for free speech

    March 28, 2012

    Who doesn’t love a good awards show? The gowns, the acceptance speeches, the brutal infringements of civil liberties … the excitement just never ends. Once again, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I work), has sorted through the hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation that severely restrict the First Amendment rights of… Read more

  • FIRE’s 12 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2012

    March 27, 2012

    Here’s today’s press release:  PHILADELPHIA, March 27, 2012—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its 2012 list of the 12 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in The Huffington Post today. Harvard is new to the list this year, joining Yale, Syracuse, and the University of Cincinnati at the top of the list. "These colleges and universities… Read more

  • St. Augustine’s College Extends Punishment, Bans Graduate From Homecoming for Facebook Post

    October 19, 2011

    Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) has informed graduate Roman Caple that he is barred from participating in this weekend’s Homecoming celebration, continuing the college’s punishment of Caple for a comment he posted on Facebook last spring about how the college was handling its recovery from the tornado that struck its Raleigh, N.C., campus. Earlier this year,… Read more

  • ‘WorldNetDaily’ Highlights Punishment for Facebook Comments at Two Colleges

    July 14, 2011

    Bob Unruh at WorldNetDaily has written about two cases involving Facebook and free speech: the student at Saint Augustine’s College who was barred from graduation ceremonies for a "negative" comment about his college’s tornado recovery efforts, and the faculty member in Michigan who was dismissed for posting a comment about an anonymous student. Facebook postings by a student and… Read more

  • Roman Caple’s Lawsuit Against St. Augustine’s College Covered in ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’

    July 12, 2011

    Marc Parry has written about Roman Caple’s lawsuit against Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) over at The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s tech blog, Wired Campus. Last Friday, Caple filed suit against SAC after it barred him from this spring’s commencement ceremonies because of a single Facebook post. SAC has alleged that there are other reasons for punishing him but has never… Read more

  • NBC-17 on Free Speech Lawsuit Against St. Augustine’s College

    July 11, 2011

    As FIRE announced on Friday, St. Augustine’s College (SAC) graduate Roman Caple has filed a lawsuit against his alma mater because SAC banned him from participating in its graduation ceremonies due to a "negative" Facebook post he wrote. Raleigh’s NBC network affiliate, NBC-17, picked up the news of Caple’s lawsuit over the weekend. Torch readers can view the… Read more

  • Student Sues College that Banned Him from Graduation for ‘Negative’ Facebook Post

    July 8, 2011

    RALEIGH, N.C., July 8, 2011—Today, Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) graduate Roman Caple filed suit against SAC and SAC President Dianne Boardley Suber after he was forbidden from participating in spring 2011 graduation ceremonies due to a comment he posted on Facebook about how the college was handling its recovery from tornado damage. Caple’s complaint, filed… Read more

  • Spotlight on Senior Barred from Graduating Ceremonies Due to Facebook Comment

    June 3, 2011

    Torch readers will recall that Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) in North Carolina refused to allow student Roman Caple to participate in its graduation ceremonies this year due to an innocuous Facebook post about how the college was handling its recovery from tornado damage. Fortunately, the story of Caple’s ordeal and FIRE’s principled defense of his… Read more

  • MSNBC to Interview Student Barred from Graduation Ceremonies Due to ‘Negative’ Facebook Post

    June 2, 2011

    UPDATE: The interview has been postponed. Roman Caple, a 2011 graduate of Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) in North Carolina, is scheduled to appear on MSNBC with his attorney sometime between 10:30-11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday. They will be discussing how SAC violated its own promises of free speech and due process when it refused to allow Caple to… Read more

  • College Forbids Student to Walk at Graduation Due to ‘Negative’ Facebook Post

    May 31, 2011

    RALEIGH, N.C., May 31, 2011—Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) has refused to allow a student to participate in its graduation ceremonies due to a comment he posted on Facebook about how the college was handling its recovery from tornado damage. Despite SAC’s extensive promises of freedom of expression for students, the college disciplined student Roman Caple… Read more

  • St. Augustine’s College Attempts to Justify Punishment of Graduating Senior for ‘Inappropriate’ Facebook Comments

    May 12, 2011

    On Tuesday, I wrote a blog entry here on The Torch about Roman Caple, the graduating senior at St. Augustine’s College (North Carolina) who was denied the ability to walk at his graduation because of what the college called “a negative social media exchange” in a letter to Caple. Given no specific information, Roman could… Read more

  • College Student Denied Graduation Walk Following Innocuous Facebook Post

    May 10, 2011

    A student at St. Augustine’s College in North Carolina was denied the ability to participate in his graduation ceremony because of a Facebook post that, according to the Vice President of Student Affairs, “jeopardized the integrity of the college.” Roman Caple, who had posted several messages of hope on Facebook in response to the tornado… Read more