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PHILADELPHIA, December 29, 2015—Free speech issues on campus shot to the forefront of the national conversation this year. As 2015 comes to a close, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) looks back on a year in which protests roiled more than 75 college campuses, congressional leaders debated students’ civil liberties on multiple occasions,... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, December 10, 2015—For the first time since the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) began tracking speech codes on campus, less than half of America’s colleges maintain policies that severely restrict students’ right to free speech, according to the findings of a new report released today. Spotlight on Speech Codes 2016: The State... Read more Read more


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., December 7, 2015—Colorado College has suspended and banned a student from campus for nearly two years in response to a comment intended as a joke on the anonymous social media application Yik Yak. In November 2015, Thaddeus Pryor sent an anonymous reply to the comment “#blackwomenmatter” on Yik Yak. Pryor’s response read,... Read more Read more


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EUGENE, Ore., November 19, 2015—Last night, the University of Oregon’s student government denied funding to a student group’s poker night event for a second time amid concerns the event’s pro-gun message and prizes “would make students feel uncomfortable.” The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) wrote to the University of Oregon (UO) before the... Read more Read more


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NEW HAVEN, Conn., November 18, 2015—In an email sent to students yesterday, the president of Yale University and the dean of Yale College affirmed their support for two faculty members at the center of a free speech controversy over Halloween costumes. On October 30, Erika Christakis, associate master of Yale’s Silliman College, responded to an... Read more Read more


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WASHINGTON, November 16, 2015—For the second time this year, President Barack Obama publicly defended the importance of free speech on campus. In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos (video; transcript) that aired yesterday, President Obama praised student activists, but also said he disagrees with what Stephanopoulos described as “militant political correctness” on campus, whereby... Read more Read more


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WASHINGTON, October 26, 2015—If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? The stress of competing for top grades has led to a rise in students’ off-label use of so-called “smart drugs” like Adderall, Ritalin, and modafinil. But is this a negative development? Is the use of... Read more Read more


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New FIRE-supported film explores the collision between comedy, censorship, and outrage culture on and off campus. Film stars comedians Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, Jim Norton, Adam Carolla, Heather McDonald, Karith Foster, and others. Christina Pazsitzky narrates. World premiere will take place on Nov. 13 at NYC’s IFC Center, featuring special comedian guest appearances.... Read more Read more


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COLLEGE STATION, Texas, October 13, 2015—Two of the most controversial issues on college campuses—freedom of speech and paying student-athletes—will come together in College Station on October 20 as two college sports heavyweights, ESPN’s Jay Bilas and NCAA VP Oliver Luck, debate the proposition “College athletes should be allowed to be paid” on the campus of... Read more Read more


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HAMMOND, Ind., September 29, 2015—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is pleased to announce that Purdue University Calumet has earned FIRE’s highest, “green light” rating for free speech by eliminating all of its restrictive speech policies. With assistance from FIRE, Purdue Calumet joins an elite group of colleges and universities that have reformed... Read more Read more



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