This Week in FIRE News: Victory for Student Banned from Campus for Facebook Post

October 14, 2011

It’s been a whirlwind week for Catawba Valley Community College student Marc Bechtol. On Wednesday, we reported in a national press release that he had been pulled out of his classroom and banned from campus after he complained on Facebook about his school’s aggressive marketing of a debit card company to its students. Thanks in large part to pressure from FIRE and the media outlets that reported on his case, Bechtol learned this morning that all charges against him have been dropped and he is free to step foot on campus. However, FIRE will still be watching the college closely, given the fact that the policy used to punish Bechtol’s protected speech remains on the books.

FIRE thanks those who took action or publicized this outrageous punishment of free speech. Below is a recap of the case’s headlines:

Schools:  Catawba Valley Community College

Cases:  Catawba Valley Community College: Student Banned from Campus after Protesting College’s Deal with Debit Card Company on Facebook