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Kenneth Storey v. University of Tampa

Kenneth Storey v. University of Tampa

Sociology adjunct is fired from private university after tweeting that Hurricane Harvey "felt like" Karma for Texas residents who voted for Republicans.

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David Guth v. University of Kansas

David Guth v. University of Kansas

Tenured journalism professor was suspended and placed on indefinite leave after tweeting after a mass shooting that the NRA was responsible and that next time "let it be [the NRA's] sons and daughters." He has since returned to teaching.

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Buchanan v. LSU

Buchanan v. LSU

On January 21, 2016, tenured education professor Teresa Buchanan filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the president of Louisiana State University and other top administrators for violating her free speech and due process rights by firing her in 2015.  Buchanan was fired for her alleged occasional use of profanity and sexual language in preparing […]

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Turning Point USA at Arkansas State University v. Rhodes

December 2017

Students attempting to form a chapter of Turning Point USA, a national conservative group that recruits college aged members, were stopped from speaking to students outside of the University of Arkansas’s designated free speech zone.

Keefe v. Adams

From February 2013, to April 2017

Student was removed from nursing program after posting disparaging statuses about a fellow classmate.

Abbott v. Pastides

From February 2016, to March 2019

In 2013, the University of South Carolina adopted “STAF 6.24,” a harassment policy that was purportedly designed to limit discrimination and harassment while ostensibly encouraging the open exchange of ideas. Under the policy, “harassment” includes speech that “may include, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, [and] demeaning depictions or treatments,” as well as “specific […]

John Doe #1 et al v. Syracuse University

March 2018

Members of Theta Tau, a fraternity at Syracuse University, filed suit against the University after they were suspended when a recording of a skit that showed fraternity members using racist, homophobic, and sexually explicit language was published by the school’s newspaper.

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McAdams v. Marquette University

From May 2016, to June 2018

A professor at Marquette published a post on his personal blog criticizing the manner in which a graduate-student philosophy instructor interacted with one of her students. He was subsequently suspended and filed suit against the university.

Beverly v. Watson

From July 2014, to March 2019

Two professors who ran a blog that was critical of Chicago State University sued the school under §1983 for instituting overbroad and vague computer usage and harassment policies, as well as taking retaliatory action against them for running the blog.

Buchanan v. LSU

From January 2016, to January 2018

On January 21, 2016, tenured education professor Teresa Buchanan filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the president of Louisiana State University and other top administrators for violating her free speech and due process rights by firing her in 2015.  Buchanan was fired for her alleged occasional use of profanity and sexual language in preparing […]