Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down rulings on several cases they had accepted for review. With respect to the First Amendment, the Court’s decision in the case Matal v. Tam will be remembered as a victory for free speech advocates for many years to come. The court voted unanimously; however, the justices disagreed on the reasons for their ruling. Justice Gorsuch took no part in the proceedings. Naming A Rock Band Unlike many of SCOTUS’s recent cases, the facts of Tam are fairly straightforward and easy to follow. As stated at the very beginning of the Court’s opinion, “This case concerns...Read More
Author: Jake Goldberg
Last week, I wrote about the history of Title IX and what the law was designed to accomplish. However, since the law was passed in 1972, its purpose has evolved from regulating schools’ admissions offices and athletic fields to monitoring their bedrooms and bathrooms. This piece of legislations expansion is the result of actions undertaken by the Judicial Branch and Executive Branch. But, for the purposes of this article, we will examine how Title IX addresses the issue of sexual assault. What is the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)? OCR is an office within the Department of Education. It’s mission is to...Read More
It’s one of the government’s most famous (or infamous) policies, but is arguably the least understood. At only around 40 words, it dictates campus activity for millions of students. College students protest for stricter implementation, non-profit foundations argue for portions of its stipulations to be flat-out repealed. It has even been widely written about on this very website. What law is this? I’m referring, of course, to Title IX. What is Title IX? Prior to explaining what Title IX was meant to do, it is imperative to know what Title IX actually is. Put simply, Title IX is a policy passed and enforced by the federal government which forbids...Read More
As first reported on by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the University of Missouri has recently issued new campus guidelines regarding free speech on their campus. University of Missouri: The Troubled Past For those who may have forgotten, during the last academic year, the University of Missouri received national criticism when pervasive student protests regarding race relations rocked the campus. All of the drama revealed how intolerant of free speech members of the university’s community, including administrators, were. They were willing to involve police officers to handle “hurtful” speech. Unfortunately for Mizzou, the protests during the fall of...Read More
On May 25, Harvard’s Class of 2017 celebrated the end of their academic year with an ironic graduation ceremony. Over the past several years, Harvard has made headlines by having well-known Commencement Day speakers. In the past, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg have addressed the school’s graduating class. This year’s ceremony was no different, as the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was the primary speaker. However, Zuckerberg’s speech was arguably not the most memorable or headline grabbing of the day. During the ceremony, Harvard’s President Drew Gilpin Faust also gave a speech. In her address, she took time to discuss her university’s...Read More
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