After FIRE was notified of advertised racial restrictions on enrollment in a course on Navajo history, Arizona State University declared that two English classes listed on its website as "for Native Americans only" would be open to all students. While the university insisted that this declaration reflected a "long-standing practice" of enrolling students in the classes regardless of race, FIRE uncovered evidence showing the classes were racially segregated for at least eight years.
February 1, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz., February 1, 2011—This week, Arizona State University (ASU) eliminated its unconstitutional speech code, earning a coveted “green light” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). While more than two-thirds of the nation’s colleges maintain policies that clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech, ASU is now a proud exception, having revised a policy that unconstitutionally restricted the free speech of students and student organizations on campus. “Arizona State University should be commended for making this simple but important change to guarantee the First Amendment rights of its students,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “We hope […]» Read More