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Tag: Free speech
Central Michigan U Professor Allegedly No Longer an Employee Following Use of Racial Slur
A Central Michigan University (CMU) professor who was placed on paid administrative leave for using the n-word is allegedly no longer an employee at the school, reports Michigan Live. Though school officials decline to say whether journalism professor Tim Boudreau’s employment was terminated, Michigan Live reported that the school had removed his name from its […]
September 3, 2020
In the Face of Hate, Public Universities Struggle to Balance Inclusivity, Free Speech
With students and faculty posting heated — and in some cases, racist — reactions to current events on social media, universities find themselves in a legal minefield as they navigate First Amendment rights and the educational ideals of tolerance and respect.
June 23, 2020
Students Protest at UC System Conference on Free Speech and Student Dissent
The thorny issue of free speech on campus played out in real time at the University of California (UC) National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement’s second annual #SpeechMatters Conference on Thursday when student protesters held up signs in front of the UC President Janet Napolitano as she addressed the crowd.
February 27, 2020
Crafting Our Political Self: A Powerful Antidote to Intolerance
It is difficult and counterintuitive to ask questions about the self when we have been attacked by another. The reality, however, is that how we craft ourselves, and our communities, is the only thing within our control.
February 25, 2020
Advocates Fight to Reinstate Babson College Employee After Being Fired For Satirical Facebook Post
Asheen Phansey, an employee at Babson College, was recently terminated by the school for posting a satirical foreign policy message on Facebook. After President Donald J. Trump threatened to bomb cultural heritage sites in Iran, Phansey’s post indicated that Iran should make a list of United States cultural sites to target, including the Kardashian family […]
January 23, 2020
Trump to Sign Executive Order Targeting Anti-Semitism on Campus
Donald Trump will sign an executive order targeting anti-Semitism on college and university campuses, according to the Associated Press. The order will broaden the federal government’s definition of anti-Semitism, thus allowing schools more opportunities to enforce laws against discrimination while also allowing the government to withhold money from campuses deemed biased. According to the AP, […]
December 11, 2019
FIRE Report Examines Free Speech on College Campuses
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has released its annual report on institutional policies that can restrict student expression.
December 5, 2019
Former Dean of Yale Law School Sparks Controversy with New Book
A new book written by the former dean of Yale Law School has sparked controversy and reignited discussion about diversity and free speech on Yale University’s campus.
September 9, 2019
HxA Conference Examines How to Respectfully Tackle Difficult Topics
Attendees at the Heterodox Academy conference in New York participated in frank discussions about how to address complex issues from free speech to building community.
June 23, 2019
Executive Order’s Free-Speech Provisions Draw Criticism
President Donald J. Trump’s signing of a controversial executive order Thursday was met with immediate criticism from areas of higher education, particularly aspects intended to address a perception that some schools are intolerant of conservative political views.
March 21, 2019
Trump Pledges to Sign Free Speech ‘Executive Order’ on College Campuses
During a speech over the weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference, President Donald J. Trump announced that he plans to issue an executive order that would help guarantee free speech on college campuses by putting their federal funds in jeopardy if they do not protect students’ views. The issue of free speech on college […]
March 3, 2019
When Hate Speech and Free Speech Collide
Hundreds of hate incidents have taken place on college campuses over the past two years, from nooses hung on trees to a 77 percent increase in White supremacist propaganda during the 2017-18 school year. Anti-Semitic acts have seen a particular surge in the past month, as swastikas have been carved in pumpkins, stamped in the snow, and painted on a Jewish professor’s office walls, to name just a few examples.
December 5, 2018
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