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When appropriate, FIRE contacts college administrators to remind them of their moral and legal obligations to uphold the First Amendment rights of individuals and groups at public colleges or the corresponding rights of individuals and groups at private colleges. FIRE also may seek public exposure of an individual’s plight, a process that encourages colleges and... Read more Read more


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Each month, FIRE features a college or university with a particularly egregious speech code as its Speech Code of the Month. The Speech Code of the Month feature serves both to educate the public about the broader problem of speech codes on campus and to use public pressure to encourage particular institutions to abandon repressive... Read more Read more


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FIRE exists only because of the support of its generous donors. We would like to thank all those who support basic rights for students and faculty at institutions of higher education across America. As a supporter of this cause, we invite you to receive both promotional and informational material from FIRE by giving at the... Read more Read more


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The rights of all Americans can be secured only through the establishment of fair processes and with a consciousness that all are equal in the eyes of the law. Yet on many campuses, the unfortunate accused face “kangaroo courts” without fair procedures, in which the political viewpoint of the “judges” greatly affects the outcomes of... Read more Read more


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Religious liberty is a cornerstone of our nation and is the very first freedom guaranteed to Americans by the Bill of Rights. Yet on many college and university campuses, the right to associate on the basis of religious belief and even the right to express those beliefs is under attack. Under the guise of “nondiscrimination”... Read more Read more


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Liberty cannot exist in a society in which people are forced to conform their thoughts and expression to an official viewpoint. Differences of opinion are the natural byproducts of a vibrant, free society. At many of our nation’s colleges and universities, however, students are expected to share a single viewpoint on controversial matters like the... Read more Read more


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FIRE believes it is essential that our nation?s future leaders be educated as members of a free society, learning to debate and to resolve differences peacefully, without resorting to administrative coercion. Unfortunately, too many colleges and universities have attempted to outlaw speech and expression that do not conform to various ?politically correct? campus orthodoxies. Through... Read more Read more


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The purpose of this project is to come to the aid of parties who are helpless in the face of anti-religious double standards. The campus remains one of the only places in America where the rights of people of faith?in particular, their right to associate freely around matters of conscience and belief?are routinely denied, and... Read more Read more


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This project helps individual students fight infringements upon their rights of conscience. Individuals have the right to define or not to define themselves by their race, sex, ethnicity, religion, moral code, politics, or any other chosen quality. It is every individual?s right to join, or not to join, others who have made the same voluntary... Read more Read more



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