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Writing for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, James Varney draws attention to the poor state of free speech at colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana, where, of eight institutions rated by FIRE, seven currently earn a "red light" rating and the eighth earns a "yellow light." As Varney writes, this places Louisiana among the... Read more Read more


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The Wall Street Journal this weekend featured an in-depth look at administrative bloat in the University of Minnesota system, where (as in many places in academia) the ranks of administrators are growing far more quickly than those of faculty or students. As authors Douglas Belkin and Scott Thurm write: Many of the newly hired, it... Read more Read more


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Writing in The Huffington Post today, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff takes a look back at the year that was in college censorship. As we bid farewell to 2012, Greg recalls the disappointing hostility to free speech displayed by some in the academy:  One of the more distressing developments of this year was the speed and... Read more Read more


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FIRE receives all kinds of donations from our supporters. While most gifts traditionally come as checks or credit card donations, FIRE sometimes receives stock gifts and other kinds of donations—one supporter even gave FIRE a car! (We had to sell it—we’re not just driving it around…) Here is a picture of one of FIRE’s most... Read more Read more


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Last week we asked FIRE’s Facebook fans to tell us why they support our work. The responses we got ranged from thoughtful to heartwarming to clever. See what our friends are saying about us: I support FIRE because there is nothing more important to a free democratic society than free speech, and it is outrageous... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s latest video features author, Atlantic columnist, and FIRE Board of Advisors member Wendy Kaminer. Among her many insights, Kaminer takes on the sacred cow of "civility" on campus: "One of the ironies of this drive for civility … [is that] you end up encouraging incivility, because people don’t know how to argue. They don’t... Read more Read more


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Just about every year, Congress considers legislation that, if passed, would impact student rights for better or worse. The soon-to-end 112th Congress was no exception, and I was happy to join FIRE this past March to spearhead our brand-new policy program designed to defend those rights legislatively.  With the congressional session drawing to a close,... Read more Read more


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University of Rhode Island (URI) President David Dooley issued a new statement this past Sunday regarding Associate Professor Erik Loomis’ recent criticism of the National Rifle Association. Following the tragic murders in Newtown, Connecticut, Loomis took to Twitter to sharply criticize the NRA. Among other statements, Loomis called for NRA Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre’s... Read more Read more


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Each month, FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible campus speech code for our Speech Code of the Month designation. While all of 2012’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ and faculty members’ right to free expression, two of them were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2012’s Speech Codes of the... Read more Read more


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In an article titled “University Utilizing Faulty Irony Detector Censors Flyer Protesting Its Censorship Policy” published today on popular technology blog techdirt, Tim Cushing comments on FIRE’s ongoing case at Saginaw Valley State University. Cushing points out the continuing oddity of higher education’s insistence on treating adult students as “overly sensitive children who need to... Read more Read more



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