Freedom of Conscience

Freedom of Conscience

Requiring students to profess viewpoints with which they may disagree violates the students’ freedom of conscience. Read more


Freedom of Conscience

The Vanderbilt chapter of the Christian Legal Society (CLS) was told in April 2011 that recognition of its constitution would be "deferred," and Vanderbilt claimed that the group's Statement of Faith violated university policies. Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Hamilton College has failed to explain its actions against freedom of conscience and its suggestion that women at Hamilton College are unsafe because of the campus' "rape culture." Read more


Freedom of Conscience

At North Shore Community College, FIRE became concerned about the threat to freedom of conscience posed by NSCC’s job announcement requiring “Appreciation of multiculturalism” for a full-time faculty member in the school’s English Department. This requirement imposed a political litmus test on job candidates and forced a faculty member to maintain a fundamental viewpoint with... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Since Virginia Tech first rescinded its ideological litmus test for faculty in its liberal arts college under pressure from FIRE, the school has slowly been making progress toward intellectual freedom. Most recently, Virginia Tech removed a politicized elaboration of “diversity accomplishments” from its university-wide tenure and promotion guidelines. A separate document still contains the diversity... Read more Read more


Freedom of Conscience

Following an intense campaign led by FIRE and national media attention, the University of Delaware dropped an ideological reeducation program that was referred to in the university’s own materials as a “treatment” for students’ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The program’s stated goal was for the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved... Read more Read more


Due Process

Hamline University suspended a student after he sent an e-mail suggesting that the Virginia Tech massacre might have been stopped if students had been allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus. Student Troy Scheffler was required to undergo a mandatory “mental health evaluation” before being allowed to return to school. Scheffler was suspended without due... Read more Read more



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