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WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013—Following two weeks of blistering criticism from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and commentators nationwide, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is attempting to defend a controversial speech code “blueprint” that requires colleges and universities to expand their definition of sexual harassment to include... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s Robert Shibley has a new post for College Insurrection addressing recent comments made by University of Pennsylvania professor Anthea Butler in favor of the arrest of the alleged director of the anti-Islamic film that has inflamed tensions in the Middle East. Earlier this week, in an op-ed for USA Today, Butler defended that argument... Read more Read more


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For the FIRE supporters who could not join us this summer at the 2012 CFN Conference, I wanted to share some of the best pictures from the weekend, which brought together more than fifty students from across the country to discuss free speech issues on campus. Be sure to check out the full conference photo... Read more Read more


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As the weekend beckons, we’re closing out a big week here at FIRE following the publication of our second annual list of the best colleges for free speech on The Huffington Post.  It’s a real pleasure for us to take a break from scolding universities for breaking their free speech promises to focus instead on... Read more Read more


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It sounds like hard times for free speech rights at Rock Valley College in Illinois, according to The Rock River Times. The public college was recently sued by a student, with assistance from the Rutherford Institute, for allegedly violating his right to access bulletin boards on campus. According to the Times article, student Dominic Celletti... Read more Read more


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In a piece published on The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s website last week, Boston College professor Alan Wolfe reminds readers that "[t]he best campus climates are those that make people think." We agree. However, as Wolfe points out, on two separate occasions in California this summer, administrative bodies forgot this truth when they called for... Read more Read more


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FoxNews.com has a great article on FIRE’s 2012 list of the seven best schools for free speech. The article notes that Virginia is home to three of the seven schools on the list-something the state should be proud of, since Virginia is the state with the largest number of "green light" schools! (For more detail,... Read more Read more


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The Cavalier Daily reports today on the University of Virginia’s (UVA’s) proud distinction as one of the best colleges for free speech. Released yesterday in The Huffington Post, FIRE’s 2012 list of the seven best colleges for free speech recognized UVA for the second straight year. FIRE worked with UVA in the fall of 2010... Read more Read more


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September 17, Constitution Day, is just around the corner. For students, this national celebration is a perfect opportunity to kick off the school year by drawing attention to free speech issues on your campus. Here are a few ideas to get started: 1. Build a Free Speech Wall. To hold a free speech wall event,... Read more Read more


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As I wrote recently, FIRE has been monitoring the case of Sissy Bradford, a lecturer in criminology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (TAMU-SA) who was suspiciously relieved of her next semester’s teaching duties. Why is it suspicious? Well, because Bradford was let go within hours of the publication of an article that aired her criticisms... Read more Read more



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