Category Archives: First Amendment


U. of North Dakota Professor Resigns, Citing Rejection of Proposed Lectures on Pipeline Protests

A journalism professor at the University of North Dakota resigned on Thursday after he said the institution had rejected his proposal to lead a lecture series on protests over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed lectures would have covered how the Standing Rock Tribe, which led the protests, was discussed on social media, and it was the second proposal about the protests to be rejected, said the professor, Mark Trahant, according to Associated Press.

When asked last year…


College of the Ozarks Won’t Play Opponents Who Kneel During National Anthem

A small Christian college has added its voice to a national debate on kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The College of the Ozarks said in a news release on Friday that it would boycott any game if it detected that “disrespect is exhibited toward the American flag or national anthem.”

The announcement followed the recent controversy over the decision by National Football League players and others to kneel as a form of protest during the performance of the national anthem …


Milo Yiannopoulos and Student Group Say Berkeley Is Trying to Derail ‘Free Speech Week’

The controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos and a student group accused the University of California at Berkeley on Monday of trying to cancel their plans for “Free Speech Week,” an event slated to feature Mr. Yiannopoulos, Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, and others.

Mr. Yiannopoulos said the event, which is scheduled for September 24 to 27, would go on regardless. In a statement Mr. Yiannopoulos’s group said the university had raised bureaucratic and arbitrary ro…


Penn State Is the Latest to Deny a Request for a White-Nationalist Event

Pennsylvania State University has denied the National Policy Institute its request to have the white supremacist Richard Spencer speak on campus, according to a statement from Eric J. Barron, the university’s president.

Penn State is at least the fourth university to deny Mr. Spencer a speaking event after deadly protests in Charlottesville, Va., at the University of Virginia. Other campuses turning down the requests include Michigan State University, the University of Florida, and Texas A&M Uni…


After White-Supremacist Violence, UVa Will Review What Activities Are Allowable on Campus

In the aftermath of a gathering of white nationalists that at times turned violent, the University of Virginia is reviewing its rules about what can happen on its campus. The university will also hire a contractor to review its current safety infrastructure and more staff members and police officers “to ensure safety and security across Grounds as the semester begins.”

The news comes in a statement from Risa Goluboff, dean of the law school, who will serve as chair of a recently announced task f…


Another Public University Says No to a White-Nationalist Event

Michigan State University on Thursday became the third public institution of higher education this week to decline to host an event at which the white nationalist Richard Spencer presumably would have spoken, and the president of a fourth institution, Louisiana State University, said Mr. Spencer would not be welcome there.

Like the other colleges that have said no to events involving Mr. Spencer or the National Policy Institute, the white-nationalist group he leads, Michigan State cited the incr…


Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Texas Campus-Carry Law

A lawsuit filed last year by three faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin that sought to reverse the state’s controversial campus-carry law has been dismissed by a federal judge, The Texas Tribune reports.

Lee Yeakel, the judge presiding over the case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, wrote that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, a professor of sociology; Lisa L. Moore, a professor of English; and Mia Carter, an associate professor of English — di…


Court Rules Iowa State U. Officials Violated Student Activists’ Speech Rights

Iowa State University administrators trampled on the free-speech rights of student activists by barring their use of the university’s trademarks to promote changes in marijuana laws, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit ruled on Tuesday.

A three-judge panel of the court held that Iowa State administrators violated the First Amendment by considering the views espoused by the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in denying it permission to use the…


Nashville State Is Accused of Spying on Investigation of Its Oppressive Climate

Nashville State Community College maintains such an oppressive climate for its faculty members that it sought to monitor and interfere with efforts to ask them about it, according to a report commissioned by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Nashville State’s executives sought to surreptitiously identify which faculty members were being confidentially interviewed by investigators from Middle Tennessee State University. Several administrators, including George H. Van Allen, the college’s presid…


Texas Southern U. Cancels Commencement Speech Over Protest Concerns

Texas Southern University, a historically black college in Houston, has canceled a commencement address by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, after a petition demanded he be blocked from speaking and rumors of protests swirled. The petition cited several reasons some students found Mr. Cornyn to be an unacceptable speaker, including his support of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, voter-identification laws, and a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, among other issues.

“Texas Southern…