What We Defend

National Speech Index

The National Speech Index is a new quarterly component of America’s Political Pulse, an ongoing weekly survey conducted by the Polarization Research Lab, which will allow researchers to track shifting free speech sentiment in America over time. 

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2024 College Free Speech Rankings

FIRE's 2024 College Free Speech Rankings are based on the voices of more than 55,000 students at 248 colleges and universities, and are designed to help parents and prospective students choose the right school.

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Rank School Overall Speech Code
1 Michigan Technological University Public 78/100 Green
2 Auburn University Public 72/100 Green
3 University of New Hampshire Public 72/100 Green
4 Oregon State University Public 71/100 Green
5 Florida State University Public 69/100 Green
6 University of Virginia Public 68/100 Green
7 Texas A&M University - College Station Public 67/100 Green
8 George Mason University Public 67/100 Green
9 University of North Carolina - Greensboro Public 67/100 Green
10 University of Colorado Boulder Public 66/100 Green

Defending Free Speech Since 1999

FIRE’s team of experienced advocates has decades of experience protecting free speech both on and off college campuses. Learn more about how FIRE’s experts can help you.

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Facing Retaliation for Protected Speech?

In the Courts

Facing censorship or retaliation for protected speech? FIRE’s lawyers are here to help Americans whose free speech rights are violated.

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Helping Your

FIRE’s signature defense program provides free, non-legal assistance to individuals whose fundamental civil liberties are violated, with a special focus on college students, professors, student media, and campus groups.

FIRE's Campus Advocacy

Spotlight on Speech Codes 2021

Challenging Censorship on Campus

Changing Higher Ed

FIRE’s College Policy Reform team works to proactively and systematically challenge campus policies that violate the rights of students and faculty on campus.


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Working With Legislators

Changing Laws

FIRE advocates for individual rights at both the state and federal level by advocating on behalf of rights-protective legislation and against proposed laws that threaten student and faculty rights.

FIREs Legislative Priorities

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Free Speech Curriculum

Helping Teachers

FIRE’s free speech curriculum helps educators enrich and supplement their existing instruction on First Amendment and freedom of expression issues in middle and high school classrooms.

First Amendment Resources for Teachers

Home and Abroad

International Rights

FIRE monitors colleges and universities that maintain policies that sharply limit students’ speech rights abroad and raise questions about how academic institutions should handle conflicts between American expressive rights and repressive policies in other countries.

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Political violence and speech

Did overheated political rhetoric lead to the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump? On today's show we explore political violence: its history, its causes, and its relationship with free speech. Flemming Rose is a senior fellow...

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Nothing is more powerful than being honest and open with people, and we’re standing up for our First Amendment rights that give us that voice.

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Public Advocacy

Daraius Dubash was arrested and handcuffed for two hours after peacefully demonstrating in a public park. The Law & Religion Clinic at the University of Texas and FIRE are suing to protect the constitutional right to speak freely in public parks.

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Can you shout fire in a crowded theater?

Ever heard the line, “You can’t shout fire in a crowded theater”? Well actually . . . you can! There are very few legitimate restrictions on free speech, but never fear FIRE is here to tell you everything you need to know.


FIRE’s 10 common-sense reforms for colleges and universities

America’s colleges and universities have been engines of discovery and knowledge, but many institutions have strayed from their core missions. As colleges and universities look to regain trust, their leaders should recommit to their institutions’ core values. They can start with these 10 common-sense reforms.

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Help us build a new free speech movement and promote a strong culture of free speech by supporting FIRE with a donation today. Please join us in this important work!

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In 2023, FIRE’s Policy Reform team won 43 victories at 22 schools affecting more than 215,000 students.


Since 1999, FIRE has amassed more than 650 victories defending student and faculty rights on more than 300 campuses nationwide.


In 2023, FIRE vetted nearly 2,400 case submissions involving individuals and groups who said their rights were threatened.


In 2023 alone, FIRE’s Campus Rights Advocacy team won 109 campus victories on behalf of students, faculty, and student groups whose rights were violated.

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Free speech is under threat on college campuses. Here’s how you can make a difference.

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