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Andre Massena was almost expelled from SUNY Binghamton after he publicly criticized a faculty member he thought was responsible for social injustice. With FIRE’s help, Andre graduated.

Tufts University earned its Red Alert status by finding that The Primary Source (TPS), a conservative student newspaper, violated the school’s harassment policy by publishing two satirical articles. TPS had published a satirical Christmas carol entitled “O Come All Ye Black Folk,” which sparked controversy on campus because it harshly lampooned race-based admissions. Although TPS published an apology, a Tufts student filed harassment charges against the publication. Similarly, other Tufts students filed harassment charges in response to TPS‘ piece entitled “Islam-Arabic Translation: Submission,” a satirical advertisement during Tufts’ “Islamic Awareness Week.” The advertisement consisted of factual statements about Islam and Islamic history. The two complaints, consolidated for a hearing before the university’s Committee on Student Life, resulted in the unjust decision. Read Full Article

Speech Code Rating

Tufts University has been given a speech code rating of Red. You may read more about this institution’s speech codes at this page.

A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

FIRE Cases at Tufts University

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