10th Circuit Rules Profs. Decide Free-Speech Limits in College Papers

by Victoria Prieskop The 10th Circuit ruled March 28, 2017 that the University of New Mexico had the right to reject an academic paper which called a lesbian-themed film “entirely perverse in its desire and attempt to reverse the natural roles of man and woman.” In 2012, Monica Pompeo, a part-time student, took a class titled “Images of (Wo)men: From Icons to Iconoclasts,” taught by adjunct professor Caroline Lawson Hinkley at UNM. When assigned a paper on the 1985 film “Desert Hearts,” Pompeo critiqued the film as “championing the barren wombs of these women” and referred to lesbianism as a “very […]
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