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By many measures, 2011 has been FIRE’s best year ever, despite serious, ongoing threats to fundamental rights on campus. FIRE has won hundreds of cases since our founding in 1999, securing the most victories ever in a single year. In 2011, FIRE won 31 public victories on 29 campuses, with total enrollments of more than... Read more Read more


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FIRE has just posted a letter from the Academic Freedom Committee at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block. In the letter, the members of the committee express "unanimous concern that the decision by the School of Public Health not to re-appoint James Enstrom, Ph.D. in the Professional Research... Read more Read more


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On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a decision in Wagner v. Jones, No. 10-2588, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 25879 (8th Cir. Dec. 28, 2011). The opinion is an interesting read, even for non-lawyers. The suit at issue was brought by Teresa Wagner, currently the Associate Director of the... Read more Read more


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2011 has been one of FIRE’s most successful years yet, and the members of FIRE’s Campus Freedom Network (CFN)—our coalition of students, faculty, and alumni fighting for individual rights on campus—are no exception. The CFN provides advice and resources to members of college and university communities across the country as they work to change the... Read more Read more


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Over at the blog Marquette Warrior, John McAdams provides a good example of how unwarranted investigations of campus speech can cause a deeply problematic "chilling effect" at a university. Universities must not pursue investigations of protected expression just because someone submits a complaint; as soon as it is clear that the expression in question is... Read more Read more


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In the past two weeks, FIRE has been reviewing our many achievements of 2011 and counting down some of the top reasons to support us this year. You’ve heard about changes in the legal landscape and media reaction to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ April 4 "Dear Colleague" letter, read the two... Read more Read more


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Barely a day after its launch, FIRE’s new video has already been viewed well over 25,000 times! Thanks to links from io9, Instapundit, Forbes, Hot Air, geekology, Geeks of Doom, reddit, and more, the new video has taken off! The new video, Don’t Mess with Firefly! How SciFi Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, we heard from Bridget about some of the individual students and professors FIRE has worked to defend this past year. Here’s reason #2 you should support FIRE this holiday season: FIRE nips college censorship in the bud by educating students about the basic rights afforded to them as Americans. By giving them the power... Read more Read more


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FIRE President Greg Lukianoff is a self-described Firefly "fanboy"—and in a column today for The Daily Caller, he talks about how his love for the sci-fi TV series and his First Amendment advocacy intersected in FIRE’s recent win at the University of Wisconsin-Stout: As I reported back in September, a professor at the University of... Read more Read more



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