Laura Beltz

About Laura Beltz

Laura Beltz is a Philadelphia-area native who graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in English through the Schreyer Honors College. She is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar. While at Penn State, her interest in the role of free speech on college campuses developed through an English course on public expression that involved topics ranging from banned books to the constitutionality of Penn State’s speech codes. Laura wrote an honors thesis on law and literature and spent much of her four years competing with Penn State’s Mock Trial organization. At Penn Law, Laura was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. After spending her first summer of law school as a legal intern for FIRE, Laura worked as a legal intern at the National Constitution Center. Laura returns to FIRE as a policy reform program officer.


  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Montana Western, December 4, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: Northeastern University, November 1, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: Lafayette College, October 4, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: McNeese State University, September 6, 2018

  • Best of Newsdesk: Is speech suppression at religious colleges ‘the invisible free speech crisis?’, August 15, 2018

  • Speech Code of the Month: Shawnee State University, August 8, 2018

  • Is speech suppression at religious colleges ‘the invisible free speech crisis?’, April 12, 2018

  • UPDATE: University of Arkansas System adopts revised board policy, April 6, 2018

  • Canadian university responds commendably to free speech controversy, provides example for U.S. institutions, December 22, 2017

  • UNC Board of Governors to discuss system-wide free expression policy, November 1, 2017

  • Franklin & Marshall professor: Free-speech-friendly campuses start with education on speech codes and speech code reform, June 16, 2017

  • [UPDATED] Speakers at commencement ceremonies across the country focus remarks on free speech, June 6, 2017

  • Students absolved of both criminal charges and school sanctions after Ohio University protest, March 31, 2017

  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Earns FIRE’s Highest Rating for Free Speech, February 13, 2017

  • FIRE Celebrates 50th Anniversary of ‘Keyishian’ Decision, January 23, 2017

  • More Campus Leaders Address Free Speech Following Election, November 21, 2016

  • Heterodox Academy Releases Guide to Colleges that Incorporates FIRE Ratings, October 24, 2016

  • Washington University in St. Louis Endorses Version of the Chicago Statement, September 12, 2016

  • Speech Code of the Month: Clemson University, April 14, 2016

  • Following Protests, Loyola Chicago Releases Improved Demonstration Policy, March 24, 2016

  • Cleveland State Adopts New Campus Speech Policy, Shows Why It’s a ‘Green Light’ School, February 15, 2016

  • Careful Reform Needed to Reduce State FOIA Chilling of Academic Activity, June 16, 2014