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FIRE Victory

Allegations of anti-Semitism in Columbia's Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures Department prompted a letter from the NYCLU addressing faculty academic freedom rights. However, this letter neglected the rights of students and others within the university to, for example, protest dissent from even that which remains protected under notions of academic freedom. In response, FIRE sent a letter to the president of Columbia fully addressing the rights of all interested parties. FIRE received a reply affirming the rights of all parties.