Who are the worst campus censors? The competition is stiff, but today the nonpartisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its annual list of America’s 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech.
This year’s “worst-of-the-worst” list includes a college that fired a professor for an innocuous joke on social media, another that allowed its student government to flatly reject a student club because of its conservative beliefs, one that unilaterally canceled a faculty-organized lecture, and a college that chose to suspend a librarian for curating a historical display highlighting the university’s own photos of its racist past.
The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2020 are, in alphabetical order:
Babson College (Wellesley, Mass.)
Doane University (Crete, Neb.)
Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.)
Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, Miss.)
Long Island University Post (Brookville, N.Y.)
Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.)
Portland State University (Portland, Ore.)
Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.)
University of Connecticut (Mansfield, Conn.)
University of Scranton (Scranton, Pa.)
Detailed descriptions of each college’s speech-chilling misdeeds are available on FIRE’s website.