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Willand v. Alexander settles favorably


Prof. wins fight over politically correct speech restrictions


Courtesy of Old Army Press

A Minnesota professor fought back in federal court, with CIR's help, to protect his rights to free speech and academic freedom. After putting a poster of General George Custer on his office door and otherwise deviating from a politically correct view of American history, Professor Jon Willand was disciplined and subjected to a series of restrictions on his speech. He was prohibited from saying anything that someone might find offensive. Willand's lawsuit also challenged a computer speech code that further chills his First Amendment rights. The case was settled when defendants agreed to a judgment for the plaintiff.


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Read the complaint and memorandum of law (PDF format)


Visit a history site on Jamestown and Pocahontas that Willand couldn't access without risking his job!


Learn about CIR's other academic free speech cases:

  • Deming v. Oklahoma -- successfully defended a geology professor against "sexual harassment" complaints based upon a letter to the editor he wrote to a college newspaper
  • Gee v. Humphries -- Challenged state college's suspension and termination of Gerald Gee, a white professor who was said to have "harassed" students at historically black Florida A&M University.
  • Silva v. University of New Hampshire -- successfully defended a professor against charges he created a "hostile environment" by making remarks with sexual content


Read about CIR's cases protecting other forms of free expression



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