Free speech

Right-wing student group suspended over 'anti-China' stickers

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Emerson suspends right-wing student group that distributed stickers saying “CHINA KINDA SUS” and denounces “anti-China” and “anti-Chinese” message. A free speech group cries foul.

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Debate over Bill Cosby hits Howard University

Actress’s celebratory tweet about his release from prison continues to reverberate within and outside the university that just appointed her dean. Cosby weighs in and further fuels the controversy.

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Trump's diversity training ban finds new life -- in Iowa

Trump's diversity training ban died at the federal level but is finding new life -- in Iowa.

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College students reluctant to discuss race, politics in the classroom before election

Many students were hesitant to discuss controversial topics in the classroom and felt their campuses' climate did not allow for open discourse during the fall 2020 semester, according to a new report.

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Students hope Biden administration's message of unity will resonate on campus

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Liberal students, and even some conservatives, feel hopeful that Joe Biden's election will lead to less divisive dialogue on campus and make strides for students of color. But some students on the right worry their free speech rights could be compromised.

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Marquette faces student and faculty pushback for planned cuts

Marquette is eyeing deep faculty cuts. An undergraduate says she was targeted for discipline because she questioned the administration.

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Students' admission rescinded in response to racist online speech

Incoming and current college students are being reported to their universities for racist speech on social media related to national discussions on police brutality and racial injustice.

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Georgetown Law debates punishments for disruptive protesters

A committee at Georgetown University law school is re-evaluating its policies on student protests after a demonstration prevented a speaker's speech. Some law students believe the move will chill free speech.

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Iowa State University policies stifle free speech, lawsuit says

Iowa State University policy restricting political messages written in chalk on campus sidewalks is being challenged in court as violating students' free speech rights. Supporters of the policy believe it will protect underrepresented groups from hateful language.

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National Communication Association suspends discussion Listserv

What does it mean when the National Communication Association shuts down discussions on its Listserv?

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