FIRE Update

In a surprise announcement this morning, Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.) President James Jones announced his intention to step down from his post in June 2014, one year earlier than the end of his contract. Jones announced in the same email that Board of Trustees Chair Paul E. Raether will also be leaving the Trustees’ top... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

FIRE has written to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) following the college’s outrageous censorship of its student newspaper, The CNM Chronicle. CNM suspended the operations of the newspaper after the Chronicle printed a “Sex Issue,” reportedly removing the issue from newsstands around campus and confiscating them from students. A statement by the college defending its blatantly unconstitutional... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Check out FIRE’s new video about some of the worst cases in FIRE history, featuring first-hand accounts of the extremes universities will go to just to silence ideas. From the story of Hayden Barnes, who was thrown off campus for a Facebook post, to the Orwellian thought-reform program at the University of Delaware, this eye-opening video brings... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Northern Arizona University (NAU) has dropped disciplinary charges against two students who were distributing small American flags in the student union to commemorate the September 11 terrorist attacks. After no fewer than four administrators told the students that NAU policy prohibited their expression without a permit, the students came to FIRE for help. While charges... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

In The Daily Caller, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff discusses campus censorship in the aftermath of the tragic events of 9/11. Greg, who began work as FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy almost immediately after the attacks, highlights some of the egregious crackdowns on freedom of expression he saw at our nation’s colleges and universities during... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

FIRE President Greg Lukianoff writes today in The Huffington Post on the coercive introduction of a civility pledge at Harvard College, the undergraduate college at Harvard University. The "Class of 2015 Freshman Pledge" commits students to building a "place where all can thrive and where the exercise of kindness holds a place on a par... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

In a letter to Yale University President Richard Levin, FIRE is asking the university to "stand firm against federal pressure to punish protected expression." This spring, Yale abandoned its historic commitment to free speech as its "paramount obligation" by suspending the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity for five years for sexually themed chants that were part... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

FIRE President Greg Lukianoff has an article in The Daily Caller today discussing how the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ latest guidance for universities, in an April 4 "Dear Colleague" letter, threatens free speech on nearly all of our nation’s campuses. As Greg writes, in an effort to crack down on sexual harassment,... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Former FIRE intern Kirby Thomas of Bucknell University is scheduled to be on FOX News’ Glenn Beck television program tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET. Kirby and other student guests are expected to discuss the problems often faced by conservative students who wish to speak out on campus. After Bucknell censored its Conservatives Club, of which Kirby... Read more Read more


FIRE Update

Between a renewed push for "civility" and a proposed federal law that would lower the standards of campus justice, liberty is once again under siege at our nation’s colleges and universities. In USA TODAY, FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley and FIRE Board of Advisors member Wendy Kaminer comment on government efforts... Read more Read more



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