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Through this project, FIRE advocates the right of student organizations to define their identities according to their beliefs and to form groups and associations as they choose. FIRE?s immediate concern is to come to the aid of parties whose rights are subjugated to the ideological impulses of the campus administration. For example, religious groups are... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s main website serves as an educational resource for students, faculty, parents, administrators, journalists, and lawyers. The site informs visitors of the current state of liberty on American campuses through archived cases, news reports, publications, event listings, and more. It also offers more interactive features, such as a confidential venue for the submission of cases... Read more Read more


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Established in 2006, the Campus Freedom Network (CFN) is an essential component of the fight to protect individual rights at institutions of higher learning across the country. Originally envisioned as a loosely-knit coalition of faculty members and students dedicated to advancing individual liberties on their campuses, the CFN has quickly become an integral part of... Read more Read more


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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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