What does it take to be one of the worst censors in the United States?
Just ask Pierce College and the Los Angeles Community College District — recipients of a 2017 Jefferson Muzzle “award” and the targets of FIRE’s most recent lawsuit for violating students’ First Amendment rights.» Read More
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Cases: Los Angeles Pierce College – Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit
Today, Ann Coulter announced that she will no longer attempt to speak at the University of California, Berkeley tomorrow, Thursday, April 27, because of safety concerns. This latest success for those willing to threaten or engage in violence in order to silence a campus speaker establishes a genuinely dangerous precedent.
Public colleges and universities have a legal duty to protect First Amendment rights. They also have a responsibility to do their best to protect all those present on campus from threats to their physical safety. But curtailing the rights of a speaker in the name of safety is wrong unless absolutely [...] » Read More
Fordham University is facing a lawsuit in a New York state court over its refusal to recognize a chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which the university rejected because of a fear of “polarization” on campus. Fordham’s conduct, after promising that students would be free to express differing views on campus, was so egregious that it earned the university a spot on FIRE’s 2017 list of America’s 10 worst schools for free speech.» Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for April 2017: Adams State University in Colorado.» Read More
Controversy around free speech on college campuses seems to only be escalating: Charles Murray’s disastrous visit to Middlebury College, the violent response to Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to the University of California, Berkeley, the shutting down of Heather Mac Donald’s Claremont McKenna College event, and just last week, Berkeley’s attempt to shut down Ann Coulter’s visit to the birthplace of the free speech movement, which has already prompted a lawsuit.
After a free speech controversy engulfs a college community, campus leaders are often left with questions from students, faculty, alumni, and the press about where the school stands on the issues. The most high-profile cases have drawn increased national attention to the campus free speech debate in recent months, but plenty of other colleges are dealing with free speech issues of their own.
Here, we review statements from college administrators that you might have missed.» Read More
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Schools: Georgetown University
Washington State University
West Virginia University
Indiana University – Bloomington
University of Minnesota
Franklin & Marshall College
Cases: FIRE Launches Campaign in Support of University of Chicago Free Speech Statement
FIRE investigative report: Alarming free speech climate at Tufts a warning to students at all private campuses (VIDEO)
Students who publicly support unpopular views at Tufts University do so at their own risk.
That’s the conclusion of our months-long investigation into the state of free speech at the elite Boston-area private school.» Read More
This morning, the Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans filed a lawsuit against officials at the University of California, Berkeley, arising out of administrators’ unilateral decision to “reschedule” a planned Thursday appearance by Ann Coulter, invited to speak at the university by several student organizations. After substantial public backlash, including criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Berkeley professor Robert Reich, the university backtracked and agreed to [...] » Read More
In response to a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the Fairmont State University Board of Governors voted yesterday to revise the university’s Campus Solicitation Policy. FIRE called on Fairmont State to review the unconstitutional policy last October after a campus police officer cited it to warn a student that he needed permission to gather signatures for a student group on campus.» Read More
We at FIRE have watched the situation on campus with growing alarm, particularly at the birthplace of the free speech movement: the University of California, Berkeley.» Read More
Sex and the Constitution are not two topics often thought of together.
But University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey R. Stone seeks to change that with the publication of “Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century.”» Read More