The University of Iowa allows students to form Registered Student Groups (“RSOs.) RSOs receive funding from the University, and may use the University’s trademarks, facilities, and outdoor spaces. In order to be eligible for RSO status a group must meet certain requirements that include drafting a written constitution. The University also requires that RSOs support […]
McAdams v. Marquette University
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.
Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. v. Black
University officials instructed campus police not to intervene when counter-protesters blocked the graphic anti-abortion signs that students were attempting to display in a designated free speech area.
Turning Point USA at Arkansas State University v. Rhodes
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
Student was removed from nursing program after posting disparaging statuses about a fellow classmate.
Abbott v. Pastides
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
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.
Smith v. Tarrant County College District
Students filed suit against Tarrant County College and several individual defendants after University officials denied them permission to hold a “empty-holster” protest to advocate for allowing students to carry weapons on campus for protection.
Shaw v. Burke
Student was stopped by a college administrator while handing out Spanish-language copies of the Constitution outside of the College’s “Free Speech Area.”
Pompeo v. Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico
Student sued University of New Mexico officials claiming that she faced retaliation for expressing anti-gay beliefs in a class paper.