After Tufts University found a student publication guilty of “harassment” for publishing two satirical articles, Tufts began work on a new free speech policy. Unfortunately, the resulting policy, “Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Inquiry at Tufts University,” fails to adequately protect freedom of expression at Tufts and will, in all likelihood, invite more censorship and uncertainty while discouraging robust debate, candor, and dissent. FIRE asked Tufts to revise its policy to truly protect free speech on campus, but it failed to do so. Meanwhile, Tufts remains on FIRE’s Red Alert list for being among the “worst of the worst” violators of free speech among all U.S. colleges.
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