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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28, 2016—Advocates for campus civil liberties confronted new challenges this year. They also secured many important victories. As 2016 comes to a close, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) looks back on a year in which more students and faculty members than ever before came to FIRE for help and FIRE... Read more Read more


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ROCK HILL, S.C., Dec. 19, 2016—A Winthrop University student was found not responsible for violating two university speech codes after her involvement with a campus anti-lynching art installation. This outcome comes six days after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) wrote to the university president to... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12, 2016—This year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) saw an unprecedented decline in the percentage of universities maintaining written policies that severely restrict students’ free speech rights. This is the ninth year in a row that the percentage has dropped. Released today, Spotlight on Speech Codes 2017: The State of... Read more Read more


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A Winthrop University student allegedly participated in protest of campus building’s name The South Carolina public university charged the student with “disturb[ing] the public order and peace” The university president sent an email suggesting that “hurtful” art is punishable Rock Hill, S.C., Dec. 8, 2016—Winthrop University is threatening a student with expulsion or suspension for... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 14, 2016—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is proud to launch our First Amendment Library, designed to be the premier resource for information about the First Amendment’s five freedoms. FIRE’s First Amendment Library is a free, online database of First Amendment-related materials, including illustrated timelines, educational materials, unique articles, and... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2, 2016—Yet again, FIRE has delivered a warning to public colleges and universities with highly restrictive speech codes: Revise the policies or risk a First Amendment lawsuit and personal liability. Yesterday, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent a national certified mailing to 111 of the country’s largest and most prestigious... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18, 2016—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is excited to announce the launch of its new Speech, Outreach, Advocacy, and Research (SOAR) project. Made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, this ambitious three-year project will provide FIRE with the tools necessary to conduct polling on campus... Read more Read more


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MARQUETTE, Mich., September 30, 2016—On Monday, Northern Michigan University (NMU) finally stated publicly that it will discontinue its long-standing practice of forbidding students from discussing thoughts of self-harm with others. NMU’s announcement came just days after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) issued a national press release calling on the university to end... Read more Read more


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LONG BEACH, Calif., September 28, 2016—As issues of race and justice take on particular urgency in the national conversation, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) are calling on California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to reverse its censorship of a... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, September 27, 2016—How did enforcement of a 44-year-old law prohibiting sex discrimination in education become one of this decade’s greatest threats to student and faculty rights on campus? A new short book released today by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Executive Director Robert Shibley seeks to answer that question. Twisting Title IX... Read more Read more



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