FIRE has successfully intervened to protect the rights of a student group at Central Washington University after the student government threatened to de-fund the groups for engaging in constitutionally protected expression. The College Republicans were investigated and faced possible loss of funding after they posted flyers promoting an on-campus speech by controversial illegal immigration opponent and Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist.
May 6, 2013
Liberty Sign - Shutterstock This week, Central Washington University will celebrate freedom of expression with presentations and interactive events open to the public. The line-up includes speeches by civil rights advocates, student reenactments of famous First Amendment cases, and a live musical performance at the end of the week. As The Daily Record reports, students and visitors are encouraged to get into the full spirit of the week “by writing on a free speech wall or making their own protest sign on the [Student Union and Recreation Center] east and west patios.” This is a great opportunity for CWU students and surrounding […]» Read More
Twin Victories At Central Washington, Montclair State as First Amendment Trumps Student Government Censorship
March 11, 2008
FIRE is very pleased to announce two important victories for free expression this afternoon at Montclair State University and Central Washington University (CWU). At both Montclair State and CWU, student government was attempting to stifle the speech of organized student groups, a clear violation of the First Amendment. As Greg makes clear in today’s press release, the incidents serve as “disturbing examples of the willingness of student governments to punish their fellow students for their expression.” At Montclair State, the student government cut off funding for the student newspaper, The Montclarion, in an attempt to punish the paper for seeking […]» Read More
March 11, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, March 11, 2008—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has successfully intervened to protect the rights of student groups at New Jersey’s Montclair State University and Central Washington University (CWU) after student governments at both universities threatened to de-fund the groups for engaging in constitutionally protected expression. “These two cases—on opposite sides of the country—are disturbing examples of the willingness of student governments to punish their fellow students for their expression,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “Both cases had happy endings this time, but how many other students and groups suffer such assaults on their liberty in silence? […]» Read More