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The 2015 Fall semester has been busy and exciting for both FIRE staff and members of our FIRE Student Network (FSN). FIRE’s campus outreach team has grown in the past few months in order to serve the ever-increasing number of FSN members and to satisfy student demand for more face-to-face interaction with FIRE staff. Tyler... Read more Read more


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Only hours remain to support FIRE’s work with a 2015 tax-deductible donation. If you believe in free speech, due process, religious liberty, and free thought, donate to the only organization fighting exclusively to keep these rights alive on college campuses. If you admire organizations that are efficient, principled, and effective, donate to a four-star rated... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its decision in Oyama v. University of Hawaii, damaging students’ ability to exercise their First Amendment rights while enrolled in professional certification programs. As FIRE staff members have observed before, universities sometimes punish students (or threaten to punish students) for constitutionally protected expression... Read more Read more


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2015 has been a landmark year for student activism, including for those demanding more attention be paid to the issue of rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Although this activism has helped shine light on an important issue, many of the responses by universities have undermined students’ rights in critical ways. While FIRE has... Read more Read more


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As primary season approaches, all eyes will be on New Hampshire, including FIRE’s. But our interest in the Granite State is unrelated to presidential politics. Instead, we will be eagerly watching state lawmakers as they consider new, FIRE-backed legislation that would protect the rights of New Hampshire college students. As we recently reported, Representatives Frank... Read more Read more


Press Releases

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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In late 2014, members of Clemson University’s Coalition of Concerned Students (CCS) were setting the stage for what would become a louder drumbeat of campus protests over allegedly racially insensitive behavior. Their list of demands, presented to Clemson administrators in an effort to rectify perceived racial inequality on campus, were among the first in the... Read more Read more


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In a guest column yesterday for The Post-Standard’s Syracuse.com, Syracuse University professor and former dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, David Rubin, called for “fewer self-validating listening sessions and more edgy dialogues.” He wrote the opinion piece after attending an SU “listening session” on student concerns about race relations on campus that... Read more Read more


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“At Brown, there is an underground group whose purpose is to allow kids to say what they ought to be free to say above ground.” So begins Jay Nordlinger’s National Review profile of Reason@Brown. Christopher Robotham, 21, is the group’s founder. He tells FIRE that the by-invitation-only club is a forum where Brown students can... Read more Read more


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Today, we invite readers to enjoy the premiere of FIREside Chats, a series of feature interviews with FIRE staff. In these interviews, FIRE staff members will discuss their interest in free speech, involvement with FIRE, and favorite free speech moment. The purpose of FIREside Chats is to give readers a better understanding of why FIRE’s... Read more Read more



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