Stetson University

Location: Deland, Florida
Type: Private

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  • At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Stetson University: Viewpoint-Based Censorship of Student Magazine

    November 2, 2005

    Stetson University found itself involved in a FIRE case in November of 2005, when it censored a student publication based on the view-points expressed. While the case remains unresolved, FIRE press releases and the media expressed their concerns with what then-FIRE President David French referred to as, “Orwellian policies.” The censorship of the campus publication,… Read more

  • Student Spotlight: Ben Lazarus, Free Speech Week and Beyond at Stetson University

    March 26, 2014

    Stetson University student Ben Lazarus regularly works to promote liberty at his school, but this past February, Ben organized an entire week dedicated to promoting free speech in particular! Ben’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter showed a documentary on free expression, built a large free speech wall, and hosted a FIRE speaker.

  • FIRE’s Peter Bonilla Speaking at Stetson University This Evening

    February 25, 2014

    Students and FIRE supporters in the DeLand, Florida, area are invited to hear director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program Peter Bonilla speak at Stetson University tonight at 5 p.m. in the Rinker Auditorium in the Lynn Business Center.

  • Stetson Update: Sorority Member Admits Responsibility for Newspaper Theft

    November 2, 2006

    Updating last week’s report that administrators at Stetson University in Florida suspected that the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority was responsible for stealing approximately 700 copies of The Reporter, Stetson’s student newspaper, the Student Press Law Center now reports that a member of the sorority has indeed claimed responsibility for the theft. The guilty sorority member… Read more

  • Newspaper Theft at Stetson University

    October 30, 2006

    The Student Press Law Center reported last week that a Stetson University sorority is suspected of stealing copies of The Reporter, the school’s student newspaper. SPLC staff writer Marnette Federis reports that members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority allegedly stole around 700 copies of an issue of The Reporter. The issue in question contained… Read more

  • Journalism Association Condemns Press Freedom Violations

    August 16, 2006

    Yesterday, the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reported the August 4 decision by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) to censure a community college in New Jersey for violating freedom of the press. Ocean Community College (OCC) has already been censured by the College Media Advisers, Inc. (CMA), a national organization… Read more

  • Get it in Writing

    December 28, 2005

    As 2005 comes to a close, I feel obligated to report on a disturbing new trend. Although the steady stream of cases we receive continues unabated, their nature has, thankfully, become less and less egregious since FIRE’s beginnings. Lately, however, FIRE has been seeing a new variation in the reports we get—a complete and utter… Read more

  • Listen to FIRE on the Radio Today

    December 9, 2005

    As our “Events” page reflects, FIRE President David French will appear on our good friend Vicki McKenna’s radio show this afternoon to discuss our case at Stetson University. You can listen online at wiba.com. Tune in at 4 p.m. Eastern!

  • Universities’ War on the Free Press Continues

    December 8, 2005

    Throughout its history, FIRE has frequently had to come to the defense of student journalists. Just in the past few months, we filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court as part of our effort to overturn a possibly disastrous appeals court precedent called Hosty v. Carter. We also had to stand up… Read more

  • Stetson University Outlaws Jay Leno

    December 8, 2005

    DELAND, Fla., December 8, 2005—Stetson University has announced that parody, “derogatory” or “demeaning” comments, and even jokes from The Tonight Show are out of bounds for its students. Stetson’s chilling declarations came after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) protested the private Florida university’s censorship of a student magazine. “Stetson’s Orwellian policies should… Read more