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Earlier this month, FIRE filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Rhode Island Supreme Court in the case of Felkner v. Rhode Island College, et al. on behalf of William Felkner, a former student of social work at Rhode Island College (RIC). The brief, submitted jointly with the Cato Institute and the National Association of Scholars,... Read more Read more


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Time is running out to make a tax-deductible donation to FIRE in 2016. If you believe in free speech, due process, religious liberty, and free thought, consider donating today to the only organization fighting exclusively to keep these rights alive on college campuses. A principled and effective organization that gets results, FIRE is worthy of... Read more Read more


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2016 has been FIRE’s busiest year to date. This year, FIRE saw an unprecedented decline in the percentage of universities maintaining written policies that severely restrict students’ free speech rights. It’s the ninth year in a row that this percentage has dropped. Additionally, 17 schools or faculty bodies adopted statements in support of free speech... Read more Read more


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A precipitous decline in the percentage of schools maintaining severely restrictive speech codes. A proliferation of bias response teams. “Security fee” or “speech tax”? Donald Trump. Milo Yiannopoulos. Penis drawings. These topics and more are covered in So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast’s recap of the fall 2016 semester, featuring FIRE vice presidents Samantha... Read more Read more


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For years, FIRE has sounded the alarm over new mandates from the federal government that deprive students of important due process protections during campus sexual misconduct disciplinary hearings. Now, with a forthcoming administrative change at the Department of Education, there is an opportunity to reverse some of the failed policies that have led to an... Read more Read more


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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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On Christmas Eve, Drexel University Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher posted a satirical tweet, which read: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.” On Christmas Day, Ciccariello-Maher posted a follow-up tweet: “To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed.” Ciccariello-Maher has since made his Twitter account... Read more Read more


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University of Oregon School of Law professor Nancy Shurtz stated last week that she was “evaluating [her] legal options” following UO’s response to a Halloween costume for which she wore blackface. First Amendment advocates, too, are speaking out against the university’s actions and the conclusions of a report on the incident released by UO. Shurtz... Read more Read more


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In September 2013, FIRE released an infographic reporting for the first time on the number of schools in our Spotlight Database that have “free speech zones”—policies limiting student demonstrations and other expressive activities to small and/or out-of-the-way areas on campus. At that time, roughly one in six of the colleges and universities in Spotlight maintained... Read more Read more


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We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about all the great features of our recently launched First Amendment Library. This one-of-a-kind resource has something for everyone, from law professors to high schoolers. For a quick recap of all the highlights—from our 900+ First Amendment case database, to a historical timeline of the history of free speech in... Read more Read more



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