Archive for the ‘College Censorship’ Category

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The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression is out with its 2014 Jefferson Muzzles, the annual award it presents to those that “forgot or disregarded Mr. Jefferson’s admonition that freedom of speech ‘cannot be limited without being lost.’” As usual, quite a few schools and administrators were recognized with awards. Among the honorees: […]

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In a new law journal article, Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, makes a case for why universities shouldn’t regulate student-athletes’ social media accounts and online speech. “What makes social media novel and empowering — that it is an immediate, unfiltered way to ‘speak’ with thousands of people — is also […]

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Six years after Thomas Hayden Barnes was tossed out of college without warning for vociferously criticizing a plan to replace campus greenspace with parking garages, his First Amendment claim still awaits a day in court. That day is a bit closer with an argument docketed at the Atlanta-based Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal, which […]

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Can a student be kicked out of a degree program at a public university because those in charge of his department think his ideas are outside the mainstream of his intended profession? That’s the issue presented by a just-filed case before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California, involving a student dismissed from […]

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“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” –Derek Bok, Harvard president, 1971-91 Unjustly firing a newspaper adviser and running off its editor-in-chief wasn’t just costly to Chicago State University’s reputation. A federal court ordered the university to pay $2,502.48 in court costs and $210,729.50 in attorney’s fees after finding that professor Gerian Steven Moore and student […]

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By any standard, Joseph Corlett displayed questionable taste in a series of journal entries he submitted for a college writing assignment. Because of that poor judgment, Corlett is receiving little public sympathy after his Michigan college suspended him for making lustful comments about his instructor in a writing assignment. On July 23, a federal district […]

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Last month, we reported on the theft of thousands of newspapers at the University of North Florida. At the time, editors and police hadn’t yet determined who was responsible for the theft, some of which was captured on surveillance video. Now, the paper has learned that a state trooper with the Florida Department of Highway […]

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A federal court has declined to dismiss the bulk of a civil-rights lawsuit brought by a vegetarian activist arrested while distributing leaflets outside the front gate of a City University of New York campus in the Bronx. Richard Hershey, a St. Louis resident who is not a CUNY student, was arrested by campus police from […]

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New federal guidance about what constitutes sexually harassing speech on college campuses appear to expand the definition of “harassment” to include harmless references to sexual topics, even those in student media. Two federal agencies, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, announced a settlement last week in their investigation of the University of […]

Twenty-five years after the U.S. Supreme Court told public schools they could lawfully censor students for any reason “reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns,” the nation’s leading journalism educators are calling for an end to the misuse of that legal authority to stifle discussion of controversial topics. In a resolution unanimously approved by its board, the Association […]