FIRE’s Widgets Help You Shine a Light on Campus Censorship

By October 6, 2009

Frustrated with woefully unconstitutional policies that violate the essential expressive rights of students on our nation’s campuses? There’s something you can do about it: Post a FIRE widget to your blog or Facebook profile!

FIRE’s Spotlight widget featuring our iconic traffic light rating (red, yellow, or green) can be posted to your website, linking directly to FIRE’s examination of speech codes at a university of your choice. Just visit the Spotlight page of any of the over four hundred schools in our database, scroll down the page, and check out the widget on the right hand side of the screen. You’ll just need to copy and paste a few lines of HTML code for your website.

In addition to our Spotlight widgets, FIRE also has a widget featuring the Speech Code of the Month, our regular feature highlighting the most ridiculous campus speech codes (check out this month’s pick here), and our Red Alert widget, which links to our list of the worst of the worst schools when it comes to violating free speech rights on campus. The Speech Code of the Month widget updates automatically, featuring a different school’s policy every month. The Red Alert widget links directly to our Red Alert page, listing each of the six schools on our list and detailing their violations of individual rights.

To add the Speech Code of the Month or Red Alert widget to your website, here’s all you need to do:

  • Scroll down the page until you see the Speech Code of the Month or Red Alert widget on the right-hand side.
  • Beside the widget is a box with some text in it – select it all and copy it to your clipboard.
  • Go to your blog or website and paste in the text wherever you want the widget to appear. It’s made for a sidebar, but it should work anywhere. 
  • Send us an e-mail with a link to your site with the widget posted on it, your mailing address, and your T-shirt size. We’ll send you a free FIRE T-shirt as a token of our gratitude.

To add the Speech Code of the Month widget to your Facebook profile, visit http://apps.facebook.com/fire_scotm/ and follow the simple directions.

Posting one or all of FIRE’s widgets to your blog or Facebook profile is a great way to bring public attention to the repressive policies found on too many campuses today.