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PHILADELPHIA, December 30, 2010—Two-thirds of America’s leading colleges and universities—those places most badly in need of open debate and discussion—have speech codes that restrict speech, according to an extensive new study by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). But the tide is turning: over the past 11 years, FIRE has been directly responsible... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, December 22, 2010—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) warned the presidents and top lawyers at nearly 300 public colleges and universities across the nation that they and their staff should be ready to pay out of their own pockets if they continue to violate their students’ free speech rights. "For too... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 20—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) releases its 2011 report on campus speech codes, revealing that 67 percent of the 390 colleges and universities analyzed maintain policies that seriously infringe upon students’ free speech rights. While this number has dropped for the third year in a row—last year, the figure was 71... Read more Read more


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SYRACUSE, N.Y., Dec. 14, 2010—Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL) has threatened a student with "harassment" charges for the last two months because of the content of a satirical blog about life in law school, but the university has refused to tell him what expression in particular justified the charges or even who is charging... Read more Read more


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DEKALB, Ill., Dec. 10, 2010—Northern Illinois University (NIU) has finally given full recognition to NIU Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) after the Student Association Senate twice denied the group any recognition, which had prevented SSDP from meeting or posting flyers on campus. But Senate policy still denies funding to all "political" and "religious" student... Read more Read more


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DEKALB, Ill., Dec. 6, 2010—Last night, the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Student Association Senate denied recognition for the second time to NIU Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). As a result, SSDP may not meet on campus, post flyers, or reapply for recognition for two years. The Senate also denies funding to all "political" and... Read more Read more


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TAMPA, Nov. 30, 2010—The University of South Florida (USF) has reversed its denial of recognition to the conservative Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) student group. USF had argued that YAF was too “similar” to the libertarian Young Americans for Liberty on campus. After USF denied YAF’s application for recognition, YAF came to the Foundation for... Read more Read more


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TAMPA, Nov. 30, 2010—The University of South Florida (USF) has reversed its denial of recognition to the conservative Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) student group. USF had argued that YAF was too "similar" to the libertarian Young Americans for Liberty on campus. After USF denied YAF’s application for recognition, YAF came to the Foundation for... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, November 23, 2010—An “anti-bullying” bill introduced in Congress last week gravely threatens free speech on America’s college campuses. Despite the bill’s admirable intention of preventing future tragedies, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has determined that the bill is at odds with the Supreme Court’s carefully crafted definition of harassment and would require colleges... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, November 23, 2010—An “anti-bullying” bill introduced in Congress last week gravely threatens free speech on America’s college campuses. Despite the bill’s admirable intention of preventing future tragedies, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has determined that the bill is at odds with the Supreme Court’s carefully crafted definition of harassment and would require colleges... Read more Read more



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