Free Speech on Campus

U. of California Spent $800K+ in Legal Battle with Satirical Student Newspaper

The University of California system spent over $800,000 on legal fees during a court battle with a student-led satirical newspaper that came under fire in 2016 when it mocked “safe spaces.” The ACLU filed a lawsuit in 2016 against the University of California over its decision to strip the student newspaper of its university funding. This week, public records revealed that the university spent far more on fighting its students in court than it would have spent if it had simply funded the paper.

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Court Filing Claims Fordham U. Has Undisclosed Ties to China

The attorney for a Fordham University student that was disciplined by administrators over a photo he posted to Instagram alleged in a recent court filing that the University has undisclosed ties to foreign nations, including China. Over the past several months, reports have revealed that many top universities and colleges have accepted multi-million donations from foreign governments.

Counter-protesters hold up Chinese flags to oppose the protesters gathering in central London to attend a march organised by StandwithHK and D4HK in support of Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, on August 17, 2019. - Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster …

USC Admin Defends Investigation of Prof over Use of Chinese Word for ‘Um’

An administrator at USC recently defended the university’s decision to investigate a professor over his use of the Chinese word for “um” during an online lecture. Professor Greg Patton was placed on leave after students complained that a Chinese word used by Patton sounded like an English-language racial slur. According to the university, using a common Chinese word during a discussion of cross-cultural communication is a “polarizing example.”

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Georgia Tech Settles Free Speech Lawsuit After Denying Speaker Fee for Alveda King

The Georgia Institute of Technology settled a lawsuit with the Students for Life group this week over the university’s refusal to fund an event with Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a result of the lawsuit, the university has revised its policies to ensure that funding for student groups will be awarded in a “viewpoint-neutral” manner.

PASADENA, CA - JULY 29: Dr. Alveda King at the 'Fatherhood, Community, and Our Cities' panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon)

Baylor U. Regrets Placing ‘Sensitive Content’ Warning Next to 9/11 Memorial

Baylor University admitted this week that it regrets its decision to place a “sensitive content” warning sign next to a 9/11 memorial consisting of American flags that was put together by the Young Conservatives of Texas. A university spokesperson said that the sign was placed in an effort to protect students that might have a strong emotional reaction to the display.

Thousands of flags representing each of the 9/11 terrorist attack victims wave on lawn overlooking the Pacific at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The display is now an annual tradition. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

UCLA Students Call for Removal of Department Chair for Not Being the ‘PC Police’

Students at UCLA are calling for the removal of Eli Gafni, the chair of the computer science department, over his defense of a colleague’s use of the term “Wuhan virus.” Gafni told students that were upset by the term that “what is ‘sensitive’ to you might feel like PC police to others,” leading to the petition for his removal over “ethical” failures.

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USC Places Prof On Leave for Using a Chinese Word During Lecture

Professor Greg Patton of USC is taking a “short term pause” after he was criticized for using a Chinese word during an online lecture. Students argued that the common Chinese word sounds like a racial slur, resulting in Patton’s removal from the course pending a university investigation.

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Washburn U. Removes Statues of ‘Controversial’ Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin

Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, quietly removed statues of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin from campus in July over concerns that they would be vandalized by protesters. The university also feared that having a statue of Thomas Jefferson would become a “target or an embarrassment” for alumni. Statues of Jefferson have recently been targeted by vandals on campuses and in parks around the country.

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Syracuse U. Prof Placed on Leave After Writing ‘Wuhan Flu’ in Syllabus

Syracuse University Professor Jon Zubieta was placed on leave this week after students complained about his use of the term “Wuhan flu” a syllabus for a Chemistry course. In the syllabus, Zubieta also referred to the virus as the “Chinese Communist Party Virus.” According to the university, Zubieta’s language is “offensive to Chinese, international and Asian-Americans everywhere.”

Syracuse Prof Jon Zubieta

Harvard, Princeton Give Chinese Students ‘Code Names’ to Avoid Communist Government

Chinese students at Harvard and Princeton will use code names this semester as a protection measure against censorship by China’s Communist government. Other university classes will carry warning labels such as “This course may cover material considered politically sensitive by China.” As pointed out by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), the same institutions working feverishly to protect students from the Chinese Communists are happy to take millions of dollars from the same government.

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 1: (CHINA OUT) Security guard walk past the Chinese national flag at the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution on March 1, 2008 in Beijing, China. From March 1, the Military Museum of Chinese People's Revolution becomes the first national level museum which opens to the …

Harvard Research: Leftist Profs Don’t Believe Universities Face Free Speech Crisis

A new study that was published Harvard lecturer Pippa Norris claims that leftist professors are unlikely to understand the experience of their conservative colleagues. According to Norris, leftist professors are more likely to believe that “there has been little or no change in respect for open academic debate and pressures to be politically correct.” In 2018, a separate study revealed that nearly 80 percent of academic departments at top universities are exclusively staffed by Democratic faculty members.

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Stockton U. Student Faces Suspension for Zoom Background of President Trump

A student at Stockton University is facing a possible suspension and other disciplinary charges for making his Zoom background a photo of President Donald Trump and for a subsequent political Facebook post defending his freedom of expression, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). According to the university, the image of President Trump caused students “to feel offended, disrespected, and taunted.” 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Immigrant Student Suspended by Fordham for Posing with Rifle Sues University

Fordham University is facing a lawsuit filed by a Chinese immigrant student that was suspended from the university over an Instagram post in which he posed with a legally-obtained rifle to honor the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The lawsuit seeks to reverse the probationary status that was imposed on the student as punishment for the post.

Fordham Student Austin Tong

Wright State Professor Claims University Refuses to Approve Anti-Marxism Economics Class

Professor Evan Osbourne of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, claims that his university has repeatedly rejected his proposal to teach a course that offers criticism of the philosophy of Karl Marx. Osbourne designed the class in response to several courses offered by his peers in the university’s economics department that promote Marxist teachings. According to Osborne, many of his peers continue to teach students that Marxism is a “triumph of human thought.”

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Poll: 73% of College Democrats Support Removing Statues of Founding Fathers

A new poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of college democrats support the removal of statues of America’s Founding Fathers. Students around the nation have launched campaigns that call for the removal of campus statues of American icons such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Only four percent of college republicans agree.

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