Indiana University South Bend: Student Sanctioned for ‘Vagina Monologues’ Interview

Category: Free Speech
Schools: Indiana University South Bend

Indiana University-South Bend reversed its punishment of a student reporter who was found guilty of “conduct that is lewd, indecent or obscene” for interviewing members of a campus group about their production of the play “The Vagina Monologues.” Student Robert Francis appealed to FIRE, which successfully pressured the university to overturn its unjust decision.

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