A new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education found that universities are stifling free speech under the guise of coronavirus restrictions.
In the past year, FIRE, a legal organization that works with students and faculty who believe their rights are being stymied by universities, has received an outsized amount of requests for help. The organization claims that a large part of the spike was due to universities’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“COVID-19’s consequences for education have not been limited to location, access, or in the University ‘s California, Berkeley’s case, temporary bans on outdoor exercise,” FIRE said in a statement. “On campuses across the country, speech and due process rights have been challenged, too, as administrators struggle to respond to the pandemic.”
FIRE said that it was fearful of punitive action from COVID-19 policies back in September 2020. The group warned universities to create COVID restrictions that are temporary and tied directly to the threat