FIRE fans all across the United States will have the chance to tune in to hear FIRE President Greg Lukianoff on three different radio shows today. Greg will be discussing his new book, Freedom From Speech, which launched on September 9, just in time for Constitution Day.
Listeners in the Springfield, Missouri, area can tune in to Mornings with Nick Reed on 104.1 FM KSGF just after 9:00 a.m. Eastern time (8:00 a.m. for Springfield residents). The show will also be live-streamed on KSGF’s website at www.ksgf.com/listen-live. Then in the afternoon, Greg will return as a guest [...] » Read More
Peter Schmidt of The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today on an email that was sent to University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi by Seth Brysk of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which Katehi’s office forwarded to campus administrators. The email, the full text of which is publicly available on the Electronic Intifada website, is prompting discussion about how campuses should handle controversial issues like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While it’s not clear whether Katehi was meaning to endorse ADL’s perspective as written in the email or simply informing administrators about ADL’s views, it’s worth looking at a few of the ideas and suggestions in the email and how they interact with the reality of free expression (or the lack thereof) on UC Davis’s campus.» Read More
FIRE staff members will be traveling to Florida State University (FSU) and North Carolina State University (NC State) to speak to student groups as a part of their Constitution Week celebrations. Azhar Majeed, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program, will be speaking at FSU on “Fighting Back Against Speech Codes and Free Speech Zones at Florida State.” Robert Shibley, FIRE’s Senior Vice President, will be speaking at NC State on “Liberty in Peril: Speech Codes on Our Nation’s College Campuses.” Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in both areas are invited to hear the presentations.
FSU Program Information:
When: Thursday, September 18, [...] » Read More
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2014—In a national certified mailing sent today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) warns the leaders of more than 300 of our nation’s largest and most prestigious public colleges and universities that they risk First Amendment lawsuits by continuing to maintain speech codes that violate student and faculty rights. The letters are being mailed from the main post office near Independence Hall in Philadelphia today to mark the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
“58 percent of our nation’s public colleges and universities restrict student and faculty speech with blatantly unconstitutional [...] » Read More
Today is Constitution Day, and there is no better way to celebrate than by making sure you and your friends (and your enemies!) know your constitutional rights. Earlier this month, Velma Montoya, a former member of the University of California (UC) Board of Regents and former chairwoman of the California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, responded to recent censorship at California universities by urging the state’s students to learn about the Constitution so they can stand up for their rights.» Read More
The academic year has barely begun, but it’s already seen several controversies that have students wondering how they should respond to speech that offends or upsets them. For example, students at Yale University recently expressed disapproval towards the institution’s decision to invite women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak, calling Hirsi Ali’s various writings and public statements “hate speech” and even claiming they met the legal standards for libel and slander.» Read More
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Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in the Modesto, California, area are invited to hear FIRE Legislative and Policy Director Joe Cohn speak at Modesto Junior College, home of one of FIRE’s most noteworthy cases, tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in Founders Hall 212. Joe will be speaking about student rights on campus in honor of Constitution Day.
When: Wednesday, September 17, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Founders Hall 212, Modesto Junior College’s East Campus
Who: Joe Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, sponsored by Young Americans for Liberty at Modesto Junior College
All are encouraged to attend!
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Due Process Advocates Take Critical Look at How Colleges Are Dealing with Sexual Assault Allegations
With colleges and universities revising their sexual assault policies for the new academic year and legislation on the horizon that could have serious repercussions for campus due process, it is critically important for policymakers to stay committed to protecting the rights of all students. Advocates for due process are stepping up to ensure that as new rules for dealing with campus sexual assault are crafted, key legal principles are not forgotten.» Read More
Sometimes, the enforcement of an unconstitutional speech policy can be an eye-opening experience for college administrators, leading to a greater understanding of the need for precise language that appropriately protects speech rights on campus. This appears to be the case at Boise State University (BSU), which late last week formally agreed to work toward revising some of its policies in order to ensure that they comply with the First Amendment and the ideals of higher education.» Read More
FIRE President Greg Lukianoff and Popehat’s Ken White aren’t the only ones criticizing University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks for his half-hearted celebration of the 50th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement (FSM) last week. Members of the FSM itself are speaking up.» Read More