Christopher Rufo, New College of Florida

June 2023
New College of Florida (Public college or university)
Sarasota, Florida

Identity of Speakers

  • Christopher Rufo

    New College of Florida trustee

  • Erik Wallenberg

    New College of Florida professor


Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
    Course Content
    Social media
  • Incident Political Orientation:
    Right wing
  • Incident Responses:
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • Was Speech Code incident


A trustee of New College of Florida, Christopher Rufo, tweeted that the college would not renew Professor Erik Wallenberg’s contract due to his “left-wing” teachings and critiques of administrators. This tweet violates public college’s First Amendment obligations to honor faculty expression. Professors at the college now feared repercussions for teaching how they believe is fit.

Rufo followed up his initial tweet with many others stating that it is not a right to be employed by a public university, but rather a privilege. Under the First Amendment faculty do not have a right of employment, but public colleges have an obligation to honor the constitutional rights of professors.  Furthermore, a college cannot legally retaliate against a professor for exercising their First Amendment protected speech. There has been pushback against this trustee’s actions claiming the college and Florida officials must respect First Amendment rights.