Winthrop University

Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Type: Public

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  • REPORT: Artists clash with campus censors

    July 10, 2018

    Art purged for being “one-sided,” among other excuses Censors, often not understanding the message, ban art rather than grapple with its meaning PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2018 — Art censorship is nothing new. Spanish conquistadors smashed ceramics of ancient Peruvian cultures that portrayed gay and lesbian sex. The Roman Catholic Church of the 15th century was… Read more

  • Victory: Student Cleared of Baseless Charges from Anti-Lynching Art Display

    December 19, 2016

    ROCK HILL, S.C., Dec. 19, 2016—A Winthrop University student was found not responsible for violating two university speech codes after her involvement with a campus anti-lynching art installation. This outcome comes six days after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) wrote to the university president to… Read more

  • Public University Threatens Student with Expulsion for Anti-Lynching Protest

    December 8, 2016

    A Winthrop University student allegedly participated in protest of campus building’s name The South Carolina public university charged the student with “disturb[ing] the public order and peace” The university president sent an email suggesting that “hurtful” art is punishable Rock Hill, S.C., Dec. 8, 2016—Winthrop University is threatening a student with expulsion or suspension for… Read more

  • Winthrop Student Newspaper Criticizes Administration’s Lack of Respect for Freedoms of Speech, Press

    April 16, 2013

    The Johnsonian (TJ), a student newspaper at Winthrop University in South Carolina, recently published a blistering editorial criticizing the Winthrop administration for its lack of respect for freedom of speech.  The Johnsonian staff writes: The official motto of Winthrop is "Live, Learn, Lead." If we pay attention enough on campus and in our classes we… Read more

  • ‘Free Speech Week’ Celebrated on Campuses Nationwide

    April 13, 2012

    FIRE celebrated Free Speech Week last week by teaming up with Students For Liberty to send FIRE speakers and materials to student groups across the country. We’re pleased to announce it was a great success!   To mark the occasion, 72 student groups distributed FIRE materials and pocket-sized Constitutions on campus. More than 20 student… Read more