Free Speech Lawsuit

In the meantime, my university is on the news because it’s getting sued for free speech violations. A program director bullied a graduate student because she didn’t like her political beliefs. The student was banned from communicating with several other graduate students, which in a tiny program creates an impossible burden for a student. Emails were sent to potential employers, maligning this young woman as “oppressive” and “harmful.” Professors and administrators joined in on the bullying.

I hope that the student wins her lawsuit. Maybe somebody will learn something, although I’m not too hopeful. It’s an absolute disgrace that people have let themselves go to the point where they gang up on students and don’t see a problem with such behavior. This isn’t even about the freedom of speech. It’s a complete vacuum of professionalism.

11 thoughts on “Free Speech Lawsuit

  1. How can she ban one student from communicating with others unless other students asked themselves not to receive messages from this student? They are all adults and the program director is not their army commander or a jail warden.

    // Emails were sent to potential employers, maligning this young woman as “oppressive” and “harmful.”

    This seems the worst thing in the entire matter and definitely worth suing about.
    Must be a field with a small number of potential employers, which makes it even worse.

    All this sounds unclear and weird because of lack of info.
    Can you give a link to the news article?

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    1. Forget messages. How can she go to class if the other students are there? She was banned from direct and indirect contact, which means she can’t say anything at all in the presence of these students and avoid them feeling contacted.

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        1. Exactly, it’s nuts. What if you ran into the offended students in the cafeteria? Or the administrative services?

          The university dropped the mandate minutes after ADF sent them a letter demanding they desist from this harassment.

          It’s hard to find a link that has all the details of the case. What many sources don’t mention is that the program sent a newsletter to alumni informing them that the grad student was toxic and oppressive. Alumni started sending abusive messages to her. In a tiny professional field like this one, alumni are future employers. The poor student was maligned by her own program she was paying to attend!!

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          1. The sad part is that if the student wins the lawsuit, it’s not like the air headed morons who caused this situation will suffer in any way. The university will pay the damages which will result in tuition increases down the road. Universities create the best environment for stupid little apparatchiks to thrive and everybody else gets to pay their ride.

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  2. May the lawsuit prosper!

    Where does the Uni employee get the idea that it’s even his or her job to control communications between grad students, and trash their future job prospects? Why hasn’t this person been fired?

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    1. The university has severe budgetary issues and now we are stuck paying well-deserved damages because a couple of professors can’t manage their classroom.

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  3. I have read about the story. Apparently, part of the problem was with her participating in the classroom discussions on contentious issues such as race relations and religion. It is hard to tell what went on there, but if you are a professor in the classroom and your classroom discussions result in restraining orders, you are the one to blame. Someone screwed up big time, and it was not the student. I was going to suggest they pick a less contentious topic for a discussion like the weather, but that may be fraught with problems too with the global warming and everything.

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    1. Absolutely. It’s art therapy. There’s absolutely no reason to make it political or contentious. Practice some relaxation exercises or whatever. That would be more useful.

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      1. Perhaps a part of the problem is the pressure from certain places to incorporate the current events into the curriculum. When the BLM happened in the summer of 2020, every company/institution I know of was putting out statements against racism. It was very performative, in my opinion. Few months later I received some inquiries about how I am talking about the racism to my students in the classroom. Mind you, this is not something that would naturally come up in my classes. I would have to actively start a discussion on a topic that is completely unrelated to what we cover, which I am unqualified for (I simply do not have the perspective and sensitivity to discuss a topic like that with a wide variety of people from multiple continents who are in my classes). My reply to that inquiry was that I am not qualified to lead such discussions and I fear that trying to do that could do more harm than good and that was the end of it. Perhaps if we can all recognize our limitations the entire lawsuit could have been avoided.

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        1. I understand what you mean but I’m at this university and we have the most indifferent, hands-off environment. Nobody cares about anything. It’s good in some ways but bad in others. Everything is completely hands-off.

          What I’m saying is that if these professors decided to discuss BLM in class, it was completely their choice.

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