Not all colleges promote educational discourse. Some universities have a reputation for their administrators censoring free speech and routinely violating First Amendment rights of its student body. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) put together a list of the 10 worst colleges for for free speech in 2013 and some of the results may shock you.
Check out the full list here and 5 of the colleges that made the list below!
State University of New York Oswego – Journalism student Alex Meyers was suspended for e-mailing rival hockey coaches about their thoughts on the school’s own coach. Because he told the coaches that they did not have to say only positive things in response, the university ruled he had “defamed, harassed, intimidated, or threatened another individual or group.” After much protest among the campus and on various websites, his interim suspension was lifted.
Harvard University – An administrator resigned after hacking into the e-mail accounts of 16 residential deans. The search was done to determine who had leaked information to the media about a cheating scandal on campus, but the deans had not been notified about their e-mails being accessed.
(Photo: SUNY Oswego)
University of Alabama – The Alabama Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Justice (AASRJ) student group was threatened with arrest when they tried to hold a peaceful counter-demonstration to a Students for Life “Genocide Awareness Project” display that featured graphic abortion-related images.
Dixie State University – The campus has continued to unconstitutionally recognize Phi Beta Pi Society, a local campus sorority. Administrators object to the Greek letters in the name because they fear the university would gain the reputation of being a party school if the group were approved. Even worse, after discovering they didn’t have a policy prohibiting groups with Greek letters, administrators went ahead and retroactively amended their policies.
DePaul University – Student Kristopher Del Campo, president of DePaul’s Young Americans for Freedom, was charged with multiple violations including “Disorderly, Violent, Intimidating or Dangerous Behavior” for releasing the names of students who vandalized his pro-life display.