Dismissal of Chloe Clark

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On August 16, 2020, news surfaced of Iowa State University professor Chloe Clark's syllabus which outlined students expectations for the upcoming semester of English 250.  The syllabus reads as follows:

"“[A]ny instances of othering that you participate in intentionally (racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, sorophobia, transphobia, classism, mocking of mental health issues, body shaming, etc) in class are grounds for dismissal from the classroom...You cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn’t deserve the same basic human rights as you do (ie: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc). I take this seriously.”

In a statement released Monday, August 17, Iowa State said that the professor's speech policies were inconsistent of the First Amendment and issued a statement as follows:

"The syllabus statement as written was inconsistent with the university’s standards and its commitment to the First Amendment rights of students. After reviewing this issue with the faculty member, the syllabus has been corrected to ensure it is consistent with university policy. Moreover, the faculty member is being provided additional information regarding the First Amendment policies of the university.

Iowa State is firmly committed to protecting the First Amendment rights of its students, faculty, and staff. With respect to student expression in the classroom, including the completion of assignments, the university does not take disciplinary action against students based on the content or viewpoints expressed in their speech."

While the University has taken course to correct the syllabus, this professor's stance on free speech and First Amendment rights of the students is alarming to say the least.  It is imperative that Iowa State students, alumni, and the community at large stand up to this sort of speech limitation and open debate.  Students enrolled and continuing to enroll in her courses will likely be subject to bias and free speech suppression if their viewpoints differ from her ideology.  This petition calls for Chloe Clarks' removal from the university as a professor on the grounds of her opposition to the First Amendment.