Back To School

Going to college means a heap of new, adult responsibilities, like doing your own laundry and making sure you turn that term paper in on time. But there are also benefits to adulthood. We at FIRE think perhaps the most important of those benefits is your freedom of speech. College is a great time to... Read more Read more


Back To School

The leaves are changing, Halloween decorations are on store shelves, and students like you are heading back to school for what promises to be a whirlwind year! FIRE is excited to welcome you back with some awesome new resources to help you take your campus activism to the next level. Whether you are hoping to... Read more Read more


Back To School

During the summer, many college administrators take advantage of the relative quiet to work on revising their policies. Sometimes the results are constructive, but often the news isn’t so good and students return to campus facing greater restrictions on their speech. By all indications, many colleges and universities are battening down the hatches for this... Read more Read more


Back To School

Student activists advocating for everything from heavy metal music to metal workers’ rights should check out FIRE’s Do’s and Don’ts of Campus Activism video, which features helpful tips for any college student who wants to make their voice heard. FIRE’s tips include: Know your college’s policies and know your rights. Build coalitions. Use common sense.... Read more Read more


Back To School

As the new academic year gets underway on university campuses, students and faculty members concerned about the climate for free speech in higher education may be wondering how they can help. With topics such as “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” “hate speech,” and many more continuing to be debated, the start of a new academic year... Read more Read more


Back To School

According to FIRE’s research, over 93 percent of colleges and universities maintain policies that restrict students’ free speech rights. These policies, which FIRE calls “speech codes,” come in many forms, from onerous restrictions on protest and demonstration to bans on controversial or offensive speech. Regrettably, many students don’t learn about their school’s restrictions until they... Read more Read more


Back To School

To students arriving at college for the first time this fall: Welcome! And to returning students: Welcome back! As you may have seen yesterday, FIRE is kicking off the new academic year by offering students a range of resources for exercising their free speech rights—including, importantly, the right to protest. Throughout the week, we’ll continue... Read more Read more


Back To School

You’re back on campus (or will be soon) and the 2016 election season is kicking into high gear. Many of you are probably excited and ready to debate election issues or convince your peers of your favorite candidate’s virtues. Some of you may want to campaign for your candidate. One of the most obvious places... Read more Read more


Back To School

This week, FIRE’s getting you ready to head back to school with a series highlighting our favorite resources for student activists. Whether you’re thinking about joining the FIRE Student Network, planning a campus protest, or want your school to formally commit to free speech by adopting the Chicago Statement on Free Expression, check back here... Read more Read more


Back To School

PHILADELPHIA, August 29, 2016—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) routinely receives reports from students about colleges censoring political speech during election season. As a new academic year begins, FIRE reminds students and administrators that political expression lies at the heart of free speech protections—and FIRE stands ready to defend it. A number of schools... Read more Read more