University of Tennessee Pharmacy Student Sues School Over Discipline for Social Media Posts

Kimberly Diel, a University of Tennessee pharmacy student, recently filed a first amendment lawsuit against the school, alleging the university expelled her because she posted on her private, personal social accounts the school deemed too sexual.  The pharmacy school complained that this was “unprofessional.”  It is all too common that professional schools or special programs… Continue reading University of Tennessee Pharmacy Student Sues School Over Discipline for Social Media Posts

Quillette: The Floridian Inquisition

Featured on Quillette I’m an attorney representing a professor at the University of Central Florida who is being subjected by the university to what can only be called an inquisition after expressing opinions on Twitter that led to widespread calls for his firing. UCF is a public institution—an instrument of the state—and is now bringing… Continue reading Quillette: The Floridian Inquisition

Toward a ‘New Birth of Freedom’

Featured on National Review A “pall of orthodoxy” has descended over an increasing number of American institutions. The stifling of dissent and the pressuring of people to conform to ideological dogmas that began in universities has spread to the media and even to the corporate world. While official government censorship may be rare, we are… Continue reading Toward a ‘New Birth of Freedom’

Universities and “Free Speech” Issues: What to Know During the George Floyd Protests

With widespread protests around the nation in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, free speech of and on campus is once again at the forefront.  Even though almost all schools are now closed, and almost all speech and the actions of students and faculty are now taking place… Continue reading Universities and “Free Speech” Issues: What to Know During the George Floyd Protests

Curse Words on Campus

Suit Over Student’s Expulsion Hinges on Freedom of Speech, Private School’s Prerogative | Connecticut Law Tribune Can a private high school expel a student for using profanity? The Gunnery School has been sued for expelling one of its students over his use of profanity. The student’s attorneys say this was unfair, but the school says… Continue reading Curse Words on Campus

Free Speech on College Campuses: Student Advocates & Free Speech (Panel 3)

Samantha Harris of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Michele Rovinsky of Drexel University, and Nicki Neily of Speech First explore how students are affected by university speech policies.

Hate Speech On Campus panel

​ The University of Delaware hosted “Speech Limits in Public Life: At the Intersection of Free Speech and Hate” on March 15, 2019. This session features Timothy Shiell, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin – Stout; Rodney Smolla, Dean of Delaware Law School; Samantha Harris, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Vice President of… Continue reading Hate Speech On Campus panel