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As has been happily documented here on The Torch over the past few days, 2008 has been a terrific year for FIRE. We’ve seen important victories at schools across the country and outstanding institutional growth. (For a more complete sense of just how much we’ve accomplished this year, I recommend checking out this year’s press... Read more Read more


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In our continued effort to reach new audiences and use every available resource to bring an end to abuses of liberty on campus, FIRE has joined Twitter. A fairly new social networking tool, Twitter allows users to engage in bite-sized global conversation. While we explore the potential of this latest addition to our communications arsenal,... Read more Read more


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While FIRE works on cases from hundreds of schools in a given year, we have a special list for those schools that have shown unique intransigence in the face of criticism from FIRE for abusing student and faculty rights. We call that special list our Red Alert list, and right now five schools have earned... Read more Read more


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Over at Phi Beta Cons, former FIRE President David French, recently back from a tour of duty in Iraq, reports that Georgia Tech has been ordered to pay $203,734.14 in attorneys’ fees and expenses for violating its students’ freedom of religion. Here’s how David describes the case in his blog entry: In March 2006 two... Read more Read more


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December appears to be a tough month for civil liberties at Michigan State. For those who have been following Kara Spencer’s "spam" case at MSU, you may be interested to learn that this is not the first time FIRE has been at odds with the university over the holidays. In December of 2006, FIRE called... Read more Read more


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It’s a difficult task encapsulating FIRE’s efforts in 2008 in a single sentence, much less a single word. After all, the breadth of FIRE’s victories on campus this year ranges from the exoneration of a student at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis who was the subject of a disgraceful investigation stemming from reading a book with... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, December 30, 2008—While restrictions on freedom of speech and other First Amendment rights once again abounded on America’s campuses in 2008, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) enlisted more students and faculty members than ever in its fight against campus censorship. Thanks to this groundswell of support, FIRE secured essential victories for... Read more Read more


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As Torch readers know, each month FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible speech code for our Speech Code of the Month award. While all twelve Speech Codes of the Month in 2008 flagrantly violated students’ right to free expression, three were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2008’s Speech Codes of the Year.... Read more Read more


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2008 has been a year of firsts for FIRE’s Campus Freedom Network (CFN). Conceived as a network of liberty-minded students and faculty members, the CFN exists to facilitate a change in the campus culture from one of censorship to one of liberty. Since the debut of its new website in February, the CFN has more... Read more Read more


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As people gather together to celebrate the special occasions that mark the holiday season, I want to remind our supporters that another very special occasion is right around the corner—FIRE is turning ten in 2009! Some of you may find it hard to believe that FIRE has already reached its tenth anniversary, while others may... Read more Read more



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