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PHILADELPHIA, December 18, 2012—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE; thefire.org) released its 2013 report on campus speech codes today. More than three-fifths of the 409 colleges and universities analyzed maintain policies that seriously infringe upon the free speech rights of students. For the fifth consecutive year, however, this percentage has dropped. In another encouraging development,... Read more Read more


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DETROIT, December 7, 2012—Blatantly ignoring the First Amendment, administrators at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in Michigan’s Tri-Cities area have repeatedly censored a student’s posters—ironically, posters that protest a new, unconstitutional SVSU policy that allows the school to censor student postings. SVSU student Daniel Chapman has come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education... Read more Read more


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DETROIT, December 7, 2012—Blatantly ignoring the First Amendment, administrators at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in Michigan’s Tri-Cities area have repeatedly censored a student’s posters—ironically, posters that protest a new, unconstitutional SVSU policy that allows the school to censor student postings. SVSU student Daniel Chapman has come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education... Read more Read more


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WASHINGTON, November 30, 2012—Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, reportedly announced yesterday in a conference call that she would be stepping down from the post as of today. Under her tenure, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has failed for more than a year and a half... Read more Read more


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EAST LANSING, Mich., November 16, 2012—Michigan State University (MSU) has reaffirmed the First Amendment rights of student organizations this week after it wrongly denied funding to a student group. When the MSU College Libertarians were denied funding to bring bestselling author Tom Woods to speak on campus on the faulty basis that groups with “political... Read more Read more


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LOS ANGELES, October 31, 2012—In a new report, the California Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights recommends that all California public colleges immediately review their policies to ensure that student First Amendment rights are protected. The Committee’s report, which features testimony from Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, October 23, 2012—With Free Speech Week upon us, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is proud to announce the release of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, the new book by FIRE President Greg Lukianoff. In Unlearning Liberty, available wherever books are sold, Lukianoff explores how a generation... Read more Read more


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ATHENS, Ohio, October 9, 2012—Ohio University dorms are no longer censoring students’ political speech, freeing students to make their voices heard in the final weeks before Election Day. After student Jillyann Burns was ordered to remove a flyer criticizing both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney from her residence hall door, she turned to... Read more Read more


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RALEIGH, N.C., September 7, 2012—Students returning to North Carolina State University for this new semester will no longer risk punishment for expression that administrators deem “uncivil.” Last year, students living in NC State residence halls were subject to a civility statement requiring students to “speak to each other in a civil manner” and prohibiting the... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, September 5, 2012—With students heading back to campus and high school seniors beginning their college applications, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is pleased to announce its 2012 list of the nation’s best colleges and universities for freedom of speech today on The Huffington Post. FIRE commends James Madison University, The College of William... Read more Read more



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