Today, FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff teamed up with Danish author and journalist Flemming Rose at Folketinget, the Danish Parliament, for their sold out seminar “The Challenges of Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century.” To celebrate, FIRE is giving away 200 copies of Rose’s acclaimed book, The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech.» Read More
In recent months, FIRE and others have brought increased attention to so-called bias incident response teams—typically formal or centralized systems that allow students, faculty, and staff to report offensive speech or conduct to administrators and/or law enforcement, usually via an online form—that have been popping up at colleges and universities nationwide. FIRE has been concerned that, especially when applied to classroom speech, these systems can chill or prevent open discourse and impact academic freedom. And at least one university seems to have taken note of such objections: University of Iowa (UI) Chief Diversity Officer Georgina Dodge said last week she’s scrapped plans for a new Bias Action Response Team (BART) until the school can ensure student and faculty rights remain a priority.» Read More
Yesterday marked the first day of the fall semester at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), but students there cannot form new student organizations due to administrators’ “moratorium” on recognizing new organizations—a “temporary” restriction that has lasted since at least September of 2015. The unexplained moratorium means that students who want to start a new organization—whether it’s a political group or a chapter of the Make-a-Wish foundation—are added to a list, but cannot use campus facilities or ask for a dime of the fees students pay to the student government. FIRE is calling on CSULB to resume recognizing student groups, or at least explain why it is refusing to do so, before this moratorium drags into a second year.» Read More
Students from across the country have signed up to receive pocket-sized Constitutions from FIRE. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to order yours in time for Constitution Day —September 17! But do you know what to do once you’ve got them in hand?
Here’s some inspiration for making the most of your stack of pocket Constitutions, as well as tips on bolstering free speech on your campus on Constitution Day and beyond:» Read More
Greg, Flemming Rose to Speak at Danish Parliament on ‘The Challenges of Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century’
FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff will team up with Danish author and journalist Flemming Rose for a seminar on “The Challenges of Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century,” next Tuesday, August 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Folketinget, the Danish Parliament.» Read More
The Newseum Institute is hosting a competition for video submissions highlighting how colleges and universities can effectively encourage debate on today’s most contentious social issues and protect students’ right to free speech.
With campuses around the country making news for the restriction of speech rights, the Newseum says the “competition hopes to highlight your school’s preservation of those rights in the hopes that others will follow.”» Read More
Last week, FIRE staffers flew out to Chicago to talk free speech, campus speech codes, academic freedom, and due process with hundreds of state legislators from across the country and the political spectrum at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit.» Read More
Harvard University’s ill-conceived decision to blacklist students who join off-campus, single-sex social organizations continues to backfire, forcing administrators to make exceptions to the overbroad policy.
The latest one would permit an off-campus women’s club to remain female-only without violating the policy that supposedly punishes “gender-based discrimination.” This strongly suggests that the real motivation behind the policy is not sex or gender discrimination at all—it’s that the Harvard administration simply doesn’t like certain groups and is willing to be as deceptive as is necessary to try to eliminate them.» Read More
Schools: Harvard University
Cases: Harvard University: Blacklisting of Final Club, Fraternity, and Sorority Students
We’re pleased to announce that five new students were inducted into FIRE’s Prometheus Society at our recent Student Network Conference. Inclusion in the Prometheus Society is the highest award FIRE gives to students in recognition of outstanding work promoting free expression on campus.» Read More
Today, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) became the first and only institution of higher education to challenge in court a 2011 mandate from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that colleges and universities adjudicate sexual misconduct allegations using the low, “preponderance of the evidence” standard.» Read More