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Author Archives: John K. Wilson

Barry University Suspends Student for Video

Laura Loomer, a student at Barry University, was suspended on Monday. Her crime? Embarrassing the university, by recording an undercover video for James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas in which she duped … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 7 Comments

University of South Carolina Wrongly Suspends Student for Racism

The University of South Carolina has suspended a student, apparently for writing the N-word on a white board in a study room on campus, revealed in a photo that was … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 6 Comments

Why Punishing Students for Racism at the University of Oklahoma Is Wrong, and Unconstitutional

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, ordered students living there to leave, and expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Political Attack on a North Carolina Center

The Center for Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s law school has been eliminated by the Board of Governors. As the AAUP noted … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Marquette to Fire John McAdams for His Blog

Marquette University Dean Richard Holz has written a letter to Professor John McAdams, announcing that university will revoke his tenure and fire him. The AAUP recently wrote a letter to … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 42 Comments

WIU Lifts Suspension of Student Editor

Last week, I reported on the case of Western Illinois University suspending the Western Courier editor-in-chief Nicholas Stewart because he sold video he took of a riot on campus. This week, … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

UIUC AAUP Statements on Salaita Case

UPDATE: I’ll be speaking at a panel on “Shared Governance and Academic Freedom: Where Are We Now?” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Weds. Feb. 11, 7:30pm @ University YMCA, 1001 … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Myth of Political Correctness, 20 Years Later

Two decades ago, I wrote a book titled “The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education.” Two decades later, the myth continues. Today, the proponent is Jonathan … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

Did Clemson Activists Demand the University “Prosecute Criminally” Free Speech? No, But They’re Still Wrong

Recently, news about a set of demands by activist students at Clemson University concerned about racism and intolerance spread like wildfire across the internet when a group of 110 faculty … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

University of Illinois Responds to Salaita Lawsuit

In response to Steven Salaita’s lawsuit yesterday, the University of Illinois administration issued a statement (copied in full below). Many claims in the U of I statement are incorrect, and … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 22 Comments

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