Title IX weaponized against student journalists, again. This time, at Princeton

Lindsie Rank
Foundation for Individual Rights in Expression

Princeton student journalist Danielle Shapiro took to the Wall Street Journal earlier this week to discuss a troubling development for campus press freedom at the Ivy League school, which inexplicably subjected her to a no-contact order last spring, prohibiting her from contacting or “editorializ[ing]” commentary from a former source — a campus leader with the group Princeton Committee on Palestine. Worse, Shapiro said Princeton issued the punishment — effectively banning her from ever reporting on the group again — without any investigation into whether such a prior restraint was warranted.

Princeton pointed to its Title IX policies as justification for the order, making this incident the latest in a concerning pattern of colleges and universities abusing Title IX against student journalists.