free speech  (Page 1)

FIRE Comes to Defense of Prof Suspended for Using Term ‘Wuhan Flu’ on Syllabus

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:00pm 9/23/2020 at 12:00pm

We mentioned this story in an earlier quick take. Now the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has gotten involved.

From the FIRE blog:

Syr-accuse University: FIRE defends professor who joked about ‘Wuhan Flu’ as he remains on leave, banned from teaching

A joke about political correctness doesn’t have administrators at Syracuse University laughing....

Read More...
 
 
 

College Students Getting Punished Left and Right for Criticizing Black Lives Matter

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 8:00am 9/17/2020 at 8:00am

Across the country, college students are finding out that you’re not allowed to speak out against Black Lives Matter. You can badmouth Trump all you want, but BLM is off-limits.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Students Report Unprecedented Free Speech Violations as Schools Punish Critics of Black Lives Matter

The number of students being...

Read More...
 
 
 

UCLA Reinstates Prof Suspended for Refusing to Change Exam or Grades for Black Students

https://youtu.be/fv6Y3a4BV6E
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 1:00pm 9/16/2020 at 1:00pm
https://youtu.be/fv6Y3a4BV6E

Back in June, we brought you the story of Professor Gordon Klein, an accounting instructor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.

Klein was suspended, pending an investigation, for refusing to bend the rules for black students following the death of George Floyd, despite the fact that he was following directions from the...

Read More...
 
 
 

DeVos Makes Federal Grant Money Contingent Upon Compliance With First Amendment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBe8R3AlD1U
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 3:00pm 9/9/2020 at 3:00pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBe8R3AlD1U

The Department of Education announced Wednesday that the Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability at Colleges and Universities final rule will “ensure that public institutions of higher education uphold fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and that private institutions of higher education adhere to their own policies...

Read More...
 
 
 

Amherst College Students Want Free Speech Policy Revised to Address ‘Hate Speech’

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 1:30pm 9/5/2020 at 1:30pm

People wonder why the workplace is becoming so ridiculously ‘woke.’ It’s because higher ed is churning out class after class of graduates who share this warped view of free speech.

The alleged incident involving the school’s lacrosse team is flimsy as well.

Campus Reform reports:

Amherst College students demands college revise speech policy to...

Read More...
 
 
 

USC Prof Placed on Temporary Leave for Using Chinese Word That Sounds Like Racial Slur in English

https://twitter.com/cabot_phillips/status/1301516424276578305
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 4, 2020 at 9:00am 9/4/2020 at 9:00am
https://twitter.com/cabot_phillips/status/1301516424276578305

Professor Greg Patton teaches at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. During a recent online lesson, he spoke about how different words can sound in different languages.

Without any apparent harmful intent, he pointed out how something sounds in Chinese, and some people heard a racist word. He has since...

Read More...
 
 
 

Black Student Organizations at Hofstra Want Zero Tolerance for Hate Speech

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 10:00am 8/20/2020 at 10:00am

This is just one item on a list of 13 demands the organizations are making.

The College Fix reports:

Hofstra U. black student organizations want zero...

Read More...
 
 
 

Iowa State Prof Reportedly Warned Students Not to Criticize Gay Marriage, Abortion, BLM

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 8:00am 8/19/2020 at 8:00am

After this came to light, the school responded saying this was ‘inconsistent with the university’s standards.’

The YAF Blog reports:

Iowa State Professor Threatens to “Dismiss” Pro-Life, Conservative Students From Her Class

An English professor at Iowa State University has threatened to dismiss students who voice opposition to abortion or the Marxist Black Lives...

Read More...
 
 
 

The administrative torment of UCF Prof. Charles Negy

https://twitter.com/CharlesNegy/photo
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 9:30pm 8/16/2020 at 9:30pm
https://twitter.com/CharlesNegy/photo

I had heard of Charles Negy, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF). What I heard seemed like a particularly egregious example of cancel culture that is purging academia and imposing uniformity of opinion, particularly with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement. Having looked into it more,...

Read More...
 
 
 

Syracuse U. Warns Students May be Punished for not Acting to Confront ‘Bias Motivated’ Speech

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 1:30pm 8/16/2020 at 1:30pm

In this case, it looks as though rather than being the speech police themselves, the school wants all of the students to become speech police. It’s a terrible idea.

Professor Jonathan Turley writes:

Syracuse University Warns Students That They May Be Punished For Not Acting To Confront “Bias Motivated” Speech or Conduct

The law...

Read More...
 
 
 

U. Pittsburgh Cardiologist Removed From Fellowship Program After Criticizing Affirmative Action

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 11:30am 8/16/2020 at 11:30am

Has anyone in academia ever been punished for criticizing Republicans, or President Trump? It seems like every time something like this happens, it’s because the person said something the left didn’t like.

Hank Berrien reports at the Daily Wire:

University Of Pittsburgh Cardiologist Is Stripped From Fellowship Program After Criticizing Affirmative Action

A cardiologist...

Read More...
 
 
 

Poll Finds Republican College Students Expect to Self-Censor in Class This Fall to Avoid Upsetting Others

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 14, 2020 at 12:00pm 8/14/2020 at 12:00pm

Why does this even have to happen? It’s a violation of the founding principles of our country.

The College Fix reports:

Majority of Republican students expect to self-censor in class this fall to avoid upsetting others: poll

More than half of Republican college students say they’ll self-censor in class this fall given the politically...

Read More...
 
 
 

College Backs Off Charges Against Student Who Used Image of Trump as Zoom Background

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:00am 8/14/2020 at 10:00am

Once the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education got involved here, the school suddenly saw the light. This is why FIRE is so important.

FOX News reports:

College backs off charges against student who used Trump photo on Zoom, still claims Facebook post broke rules

A New Jersey college has backed off five of...

Read More...
 
 
 

VIDEO: Fordham Student Banned From Campus Over Social Media Post Commemorating Tiananmen Square

https://youtu.be/-Wngli5QL00
Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 14, 2020 at 8:00am 8/14/2020 at 8:00am
https://youtu.be/-Wngli5QL00

Austin Tong is a student at Fordham University. He recently posted a picture of himself on Instagram with a legally owned gun, to commemorate the anniversary of Tiananmen Square.

After posting the photo, officials from the school showed up at his house. He was then summoned to a disciplinary hearing where he...

Read More...
 
 
 

Republican Senators Propose Penalizing Public Colleges That Restrict Free Speech

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10:00am 8/13/2020 at 10:00am

This is way overdue, but better late than never. The idea presented here is to deny federal funds as a penalty.

Campus Reform reports:

Republicans propose legislation penalizing public colleges that restrict free speech

Republican Senators introduced legislation to protect the First Amendment rights of students at public universities.

If passed, a review process would...

Read More...
 
 
 

University Student Faces Suspension and Fine for Using Image of Trump as Zoom Background

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:30am 8/8/2020 at 11:30am

Other students were triggered by the image of President Trump, and this student may be forced to take a social justice workshop as a result.

The FIRE blog reports:

Student faces possible suspension, fine for Zoom background of President Trump

A student at Stockton University is facing disciplinary charges for a political Facebook post...

Read More...
 
 
 

University Provost Reprimanded for Bias Against Buddhists for Using the Term ‘Mantra’

Comments
Permalink
Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 9:30am 8/8/2020 at 9:30am

Once again, it looks like people are just searching for anything to label as offensive.

The College Fix reports:

Provost reprimanded for using word ‘mantra,’ cited as biased against Buddhists

In November of last year, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards sent a campuswide email to rally students and faculty to support his mission.

“With...

Read More...