Texas Christian University

Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Website: http://www.tcu.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

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  • Texas Christian University: Student Suspended for Social Media Posts

    July 29, 2015

    On May 8, 2015, Texas Christian University (TCU) suspended student Harry Vincent for commentary posted to his personal Facebook and Twitter profiles related to current events, including unrest in Baltimore and the rise of the “Islamic State.” The suspension came after a non-student apparently living in Maryland created a post on her Tumblr page containing screenshots of several of Vincent’s posts, labeling them “racist” and “disgusting,” and asking readers to contact TCU to report his speech. As part of its sanctions, TCU banned Vincent from participating in any co-curricular activities on campus and utilizing any non-academic campus facilities, and it […]

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  • Jefferson Muzzles go to 50 Colleges and Universities

    April 20, 2016

    By Eugene Volokh at The Washington Post The Thomas Jefferson Center (with which I’m involved as a member of the board of trustees) has just released its yearlyJefferson Muzzles, so I thought I’d pass along the center’s explanation of who the “winners” are this year. Note that the Ccnter supports academic freedom and free speech broadly, and not just those aspects that are legally protected by the First Amendment; so you’ll see many private institutions mentioned here, even though the First Amendment as such does not restrict private entities, as well as the public institutions to which the First Amendment applies… Read […]

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  • PC Police Relent, Sort of, at TCU

    August 18, 2015

    By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow Faced with a potential lawsuit, Texas Christian University has reinstated a student who had been suspended for politically incorrect tweets. The school put Harry Vincent, 19, on probation for four years, and barred him from most student activities, after liberals outside the school complained about tweets criticizing ISIS and Baltimore rioters. Ari Cohn of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Educationsays the school’s reaction was appalling. By punishing Vincent so severely, he tells OneNewsNow, an institution of higher learning  capitulated to a “mob of angry Internet commenters.” Vincent’s punishment was noticed by Fox News Radio’s Todd […]

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  • Regulating Speech on Campus

    August 13, 2015

    By Cynthia M. Allen at Star Telegram Earlier this year, Harry Vincent, a sophomore at Texas Christian University, got some surprising news. He had been effectively suspended from school for a year — allowed to attend classes but prohibited from participating in any social activities and from living on campus. He was also ordered to serve 60 hours of community service, attend diversity and sensitivity training, and to meet biweekly with the associate dean of students, presumably to endure routine shaming for his offense. What was his transgression? Inappropriate tweeting. Vincent had made comments on Twitter and Facebook that caused […]

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  • TCU’s ‘Robust Commitment to Free Speech’ (Unless it Offends Someone on the Internet)

    August 10, 2015

    By David Post at The Washington Post Ken White, over on Popehat.com, tells the tale of Harry Vincent, a student at Texas Christian University who was suspended recently for being an offensive online jerk: Harry Vincent is a 19-year-old college student and kind of a [d—]. That’s banal. Lots of 19-year-olds are [d—s], and many of them are college students. Harry Vincent is notable because he has been struck by proverbial lightning — he offended someone online, and that person had the inclination and free time to complain about him to his university, and his university had the [s—–] values […]

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  • TCU Reinstates Conservative Student Punished Over Anti-Islam Tweets

    August 6, 2015

    By Todd Starnes at Fox News On August 4 I told you about Harry Vincent — a conservative Texas Christian University student who was suspended and severely punished for posting a series of online messages that insulted the Islamic State, the Baltimore rioters and Mexicans. On August 5 the private university had a change of heart and reinstated Harry. “The chancellor called me at my home and told me that he decided my punishment was too harsh and he was going to lessen it to one year of probation,” Harry told me. Vincent said he hopes his case will encourage […]

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  • TCU Student Says School Has Backed Off His Suspension For Tweets

    August 6, 2015

    By Jeff Mosier at The Dallas Morning News Texas Christian University has backtracked on its punishment of a student disciplined for tweets that the Fort Worth institution deemed offensive, the student said Wednesday. Harry Vincent, 19, announced on Twitter that TCU has dropped his suspension but that he remains on disciplinary probation. The initial “suspension in abeyance” would have allowed him to continue taking classes. But he couldn’t attend co-curricular activities, including fraternity functions and sporting events. The punishment also included a ban on visiting dormitories or using TCU’s recreation center. Those restrictions have been lifted, Vincent said. Citing federal […]

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  • Student Says TCU Lifts Suspension for Social Media Comments

    August 6, 2015

    By Deanna Boyd at Star Telegram FORT WORTH The suspension against a TCU student who made what some deemed offensive remarks on social media has been lifted, the student said Thursday. Harry Vincent, 19, said Chancellor Victor Boschini called him Wednesday afternoon to say he had reviewed Vincent’s case and felt the discipline was too harsh. Vincent, however, said he still must do 60 hours of community service and attend a diversity course. He will be on probation for a year rather than until he graduates. “Overall, I’m obviously happy that they took some action to right a big wrong,” […]

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  • ‘Power of Activism’: University Folds in Free-Speech Fight

    August 6, 2015

    By Anonymous at World Net Daily After days of intense media attention, Texas Christian University reinstated Harry Vincent, a student who had been suspended for critical comments about Islam and Mexicans he made on social media. Vincent, a member of the College Republicans as well as Young Americans for Freedom, told WND: “Stand strong in your beliefs and don’t let anyone try to quiet your opinion. We are entitled to our freedom of speech and we can’t sit back and allow institutions such as TCU to attempt to silence us. “Don’t apologize for being a leader in a pack of […]

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  • TCU Backs Off Suspension Given for Student’s ‘Inflammatory’ Social Media Comments

    August 6, 2015

    By Dave Huber at The College Fix Last week The College Fix reported on the situation faced by Harry Vincent. A conservative student at Texas Christian University, Vincent had gotten into a Twitter battle with a liberal named Kelsey. Kelsey didn’t like what Vincent was tweeting, and urged her followers to contact the university to “expose” him. TCU ended up suspending Vincent from “most campus activities” and placed him on disciplinary probation. But after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) got involved and his case received some media attention, the school backed off from the severest penalty. From […]

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  • When Lightning Strikes An Utter Tool

    August 4, 2015

    By Ken White at PopeHat Harry Vincent is a 19-year-old college student and kind of a dick. That’s banal. Lots of 19-year-olds are dicks, and many of them are college students. Harry Vincent is notable because he has been struck by proverbial lightning — he offended someone online, and that person had the inclination and free time to complain about him to his university, and his university had the shitty values and utter lack of proportion or good sense to punish him for it. That’s an unlikely chain of events. But do we really want it to be more likely? […]

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  • TCU Student Suspended Over Tweets and Institution Determined Offensive

    August 2, 2015

    By Emily Hull at Dallas Sun Times A Texas Christian University student has been placed on probation and banned from campus activities for the comments he made in a Twitter fight with a Maryland woman during the 2014–2015 academic year. The Dallas Morning News reported: The family of Harry Vincent, 19, and an advocacy group are trying to pressure TCU to respect students’ free speech rights, abide by its disciplinary procedures and reverse its punishment of Vincent. The penalties were the result of a handful of Tweets, including ones slamming Islam, using a derogatory term for Mexicans and saying “hoodrat criminals” in Baltimore should […]

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  • Texas Christian U. Student Disciplined After Making Anti-Baltimore Riot, Anti-Islam Tweets

    August 1, 2015

    By Dave Huber at The College Fix Conservative TCU student Harry Vincent, who’s from Baltimore, got into it on Twitter with a liberal from Maryland. Apparently the liberal, named Kelsey, didn’t like what Vincent was tweeting, and soon “urged her followers to contact TCU to complain about Vincent’s tweets and ‘expose him.’” Vincent allegedly was “slamming Islam, using a derogatory term for Mexicans and saying ‘hoodrat criminals’ in Baltimore should be shipped to the Sahara Desert.” The Dallas Morning News reports: “It was more about political statements than anything else, and it got twisted into race,” said his father, Scott […]

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  • TCU Student Protests Punishment for Tweets that University Determined Were Offensive

    July 31, 2015

    By Jeff Mosier at The Dallas Morning News A Twitter fight with a Maryland woman has gotten a TCU student placed on probation and banned from most campus activities at a place he considered his new home. The family of Harry Vincent, 19, and an advocacy group are trying to pressure TCU to respect students’ free speech rights, abide by its disciplinary procedures and reverse its punishment of Vincent. The penalties were the result of a handful of Tweets, including ones slamming Islam, using a derogatory term for Mexicans and saying “hoodrat criminals” in Baltimore should be shipped to the […]

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  • TCU, Student At Odds Over Comments on Social Media

    July 30, 2015

    By Deanna Boyd at Star Telegram FORT WORTH A TCU student says he’s been unfairly disciplined by the university for making comments about current events on social media after some complained that his choice of words was offensive. Harry Vincent said he was placed on “suspension in abeyance” — meaning for the next year he can only attend classes at the university or visit the school library but is prohibited from living on campus, activities like attending games, and must drop out of his fraternity. He said he was placed on disciplinary probation until his graduation from TCU and ordered […]

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  • TCU Punishes Student for Offensive Tweets

    July 30, 2015

    By Tim Roberts at CW FT. WORTH — You hear it all the time: watch what you post on social media! Well, Harry Vincent, a sophomore at TCU has learned an extreme lesson in how a simple tweet can cause a massive headache. “About a week before finals week, I received an e-mail from the campus life Dean’s Office at TCU stating that I had allegedly violated the student code of conduct,” recounted Vincent. The violation? Apparently, these controversial tweets. TCU Student’s Controversial Tweets A Tumblr blogger got ahold of them and encouraged folks to complain to TCU because of […]

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  • Texas Christian University Suspended Student for Saying Dumb Things on Facebook

    July 29, 2015

    By Robby Soave at Reason Online Harry Vincent, a student at Texas Christian University, was disciplined after someone—presumably a non-student—complained to TCU administrators about his comments on social media. A TCU official then accused Vincent of “infliction of bodily or emotional harm,” instructed him to write a letter explaining how he should be punished, and ultimately suspended him. Vincent’s sentence extends until graduation. He is allowed to attend classes in the fall, but may not participate in extracurricular activities. He must serve 60 hours of community service and take an “Issues in Diversity” course. He is forbidden from living on […]

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  • TCU Student Kicked Off Campus Over Twitter Use

    July 29, 2015

    By Blake Neff at The Daily Caller A student at Texas Christian University has been banned from living on campus or participating in any extracurricular activities due to posts he made on Facebook and Twitter that aroused the wrath of an Internet activist. Under the terms of his punishment, Harry Vincent may attend his classes on campus but do essentially nothing else until he graduates from the school. He is also expected to perform 60 hours of community service and must take a course titled “Issues in Diversity” taught by the school’s social work department. What precisely is Vincent’s offense? Hurting the feelings […]

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  • TCU Student Suspended for Offensive Tweets

    July 29, 2015

    By Ben Russell at NBC A Texas Christian University student has been hit with serious academic penalties because of offensive comments he made online over the last academic year. TCU informed Harry Vincent, 19, earlier this month that it has upheld his suspension, which restricts the rising sophomore’s activity on campus to attending class – and that’s about it. “I do feel that I’ve been unfairly punished,” Vincent told NBCDFW by phone Wednesday from his home in Maryland. TCU sent Vincent a letter in late April, informing the then-freshman that he had been accused of violating two Student Code of […]

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  • Group Urges Reversal of Penalties For College Student Suspended Over Twitter, Facebook Use

    July 29, 2015

    By Mary Lou Byrd at The Washington Free Beacon A non-profit foundation that advocates for civil liberties on college campuses is urging Texas Christian University to reverse penalties and sanctions applied to a student after objections were made to content he had posted on Twitter and Facebook. Harry Vincent was penalized for posts he made related to the recent protests in Baltimore, the Islamic State, and the threat of terrorism, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. His suspension came after a Tumblr user created a post containing screenshots of some of Vincent’s posts. The user labeled Vincent’s commentary “racist” […]

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  • TCU Reinstates Student Suspended for Facebook and Twitter Posts

    August 6, 2015

    Late yesterday, Texas Christian University (TCU) student Harry Vincent reported via Twitter that the institution has reversed a suspension levied against him in May for Twitter and Facebook posts about the protests in Baltimore, the threat of terrorism, and the spread of the “Islamic State” that offended individuals off campus. According to Vincent, although his suspension has been lifted, he remains on disciplinary probation. FIRE is pleased that the suspension has been lifted but maintains that any disciplinary action based solely on the content of Vincent’s tweets is inappropriate. Have been reinstated as a student at #TCU under disciplinary probation- […]

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  • Texas Christian University Tramples Student’s Rights in Order to Appease Angry Internet Mob

    July 29, 2015

    TCU suspended a student for social media posts made about current events A non-student in Maryland urged her Tumblr followers to write TCU about the student’s posts TCU suspended the student and banned him from campus residence halls despite policies explicitly promising students free speech rights FORT WORTH, Texas, July 29, 2015—Texas Christian University (TCU) has abandoned its stated commitments to free speech and due process after a group of Internet commenters were offended by one student’s social media posts and complained to university administrators. TCU suspended student Harry Vincent for commentary posted to his personal Facebook and Twitter profiles […]

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