Category Archives: Freedom of Speech

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U. of Florida Denies White Supremacist Richard Spencer’s Request for Event Space

The University of Florida has denied the National Policy Institute’s request to rent event space for Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who leads the organization, to speak on campus, the university’s president said in a statement on Wednesday.

The university denied the request after the violent weekend on the University of Virginia’s campus highlighted potential safety risks for Florida’s campus, the statement said.  On social media, the city of Gainseville, Fla., was dubbed “the next battl…

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U. of Central Florida Student Says He Was Suspended for Viral Tweet of Ex’s Apology

A University of Central Florida student who tweeted his ex-girlfriend’s apology letter after a breakup, which he graded in red ink like a school paper, has been suspended, reported WFTV 9, a local ABC affiliate.

Nick Lutz posted the letter months ago, and it has been retweeted more than 121,000 times and liked more than 337,000 times. But Mr. Lutz and his lawyer, Jacob Stuart Jr., told WFTV 9 that even though the ex-girlfriend is not a UCF student, Mr. Lutz was placed on two semesters of suspens…

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Middlebury Punishes 67 Students for Charles Murray Protest

Middlebury College disciplined 67 students for their roles in a disruptive protest of an event that featured Charles Murray, a controversial political scientist, the Vermont college said in a statement on Tuesday. Separately, the Middlebury Police Department said it did not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone in connection with a scuffle that occurred after the March 2 event and resulted in the injury of a political-science professor, Allison Stanger.

Ms. Stanger, who interviewed Mr. Murra…

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Students Stop U.S. Immigration Officer From Speaking at Northwestern U.

Students at Northwestern University disrupted a sociology class on Tuesday to protest the visit of an officer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Daily Northwestern reports that members of student groups gathered outside the campus building where the ICE representative was beginning a guest presentation. The sociology course focuses on “inequality in American society with an emphasis on race, class, and gender,” its syllabus says.

According to the student newspaper, the protesters…

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Tennessee Law Is Hailed as Offering Unprecedented Protection of Campus Speech

A new Tennessee law prohibits public colleges from disinviting speakers based on their controversial viewpoints or from charging student groups higher security fees to host speakers expected to trigger unrest.

Among its other provisions, the measure, signed on Tuesday by Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, requires colleges to adopt broad protections of free expression consistent with a landmark statement adopted in 2015 by the University of Chicago. It also bars public colleges from limiting studen…

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Ann Coulter Cancels Talk at Berkeley, Calling It ‘a Sad Day for Free Speech’

The conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her planned speech on Thursday at the University of California at Berkeley following a legal back and forth and threats of violence in the past week, reports Reuters.

Ms. Coulter earlier told The New York Times that she might have to cancel her talk because of safety concerns. ”It’s a sad day for free speech,” Ms. Coulter told the newspaper.

Her cancellation is likely to bring an end to days of speculation that her presence on the Berkeley ca…

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Berkeley Reverses Decision to Cancel Ann Coulter Speech

The University of California at Berkeley will allow the firebrand conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak on the campus after all, officials said on Thursday, after having canceled the event two days earlier, citing security concerns.

The Daily Californian, a student newspaper, reported that the chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said the administration had found a place for Ms. Coulter to speak on the campus, but on May 2, rather than April 27, as originally scheduled.

Ms. Coulter had said sh…

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After Video Shows Student Punching Woman, University Confirms Investigation

After one of its students was seen on video punching a woman at a protest in Berkeley, Calif., the president of California State University at Stanislaus said on Monday it had opened an investigation.

Ellen Junn, the president, did not mention the specifics of who or what was being investigated in a written statement, but she did say the university had received news of a “serious incident” that possibly involved one of its students.

“The university takes these allegations seriously, and as pre…

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Cornell U. Faculty Members Criticize Prosecution of Student Whistle-Blower

Updated (4/17/2017, 6:56 p.m.) with comment from the university.

Faculty members at Cornell University are speaking out against its decision to hold a hearing to determine whether a student who shared an internal working document with the campus newspaper should be punished, The Cornell Daily Sun reports.

The University Hearing and Review Board, a pool of people on the New York campus who review cases brought by the university’s Office of the Judicial Administrator, will hear the case of Mitch M…

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Rollins College Student Is Reinstated Following Religious Dispute With Professor

Rollins College has reinstated a student who was suspended following a disagreement with his professor over religious discrimination, the student’s lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel.

Marshall Polston, a Christian student at the small liberal-arts college in Florida, was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing after his Muslim professor made a “protection against stalking” request to the Orange County Circuit Court. News of Mr. Polston’s suspension quickly gained national attention. Grant H…