Turning Point USA, Emerson College

September 2021
Emerson College (Private college or university)
Boston, MA, United States

Identity of Speakers

  • Turning Point USA

    Turning Point USA is a conservative student group


Additional Information

  • Incident Nature:
  • Incident Political Orientation:
    Right wing
  • Incident Responses:
    Student sanctioned
  • Incident Status:
    No litigation
  • Did not involve Speech Codes


On September 29, 2021, members of the Emerson College chapter of Turning Point USA handed out stickers featuring a hammer and sickle with the caption “CHINA KINDA SUS.” According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, several student groups pressured Emerson’s administration into suspending the Turning Point chapter pending the outcome of a conduct board investigation. Despite acknowledging that the stickers criticized the Chinese government and not its people, the investigation found the group responsible for violating the school’s “bias-related incident” policy and issued them a formal warning. In November, Emerson’s Vice President and Dean for Campus Life denied Turning Point’s appeal of the decision.