U.S. Appeals Court to Weigh the Speech Rights of Public-College Faculty Members

In a case emerging as a major test of the free-speech rights of faculty members at public colleges, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is being asked to decide whether Northeastern Illinois University could legally punish a professor who advised student activists by deeming her own statements of protest to be job-related.

The dispute involves a lawsuit filed against the university by Loretta Capeheart, a tenured associate professor of justice studies who