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Our cofounder Harvey Silverglate authored an important piece about the situation at UMass Amherst. As readers may remember, FIRE defended the students at Amherst last fall. If it were not for public awareness and pressure on UMass Amherst, I believe the students involved would have been expelled for standing near a drawing that mocked race-baiting.... Read more Read more


The Eternally Radical Idea

Every year when I attend a national conference of administrators for America’s colleges and universities, one message comes through loud and clear: claims of harassment, sexual or otherwise, are out of control. At this conference, experts review harassment case law, recent suits and settlements from across the country. They also tell horror stories of absurd... Read more Read more


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Remember Scott McConnell, the master of education student who, without any warning, got booted out of Le Moyne College for his beliefs? You can review his story in The New York Times today. When reading the Times report, keep in mind that McConnell had already completed practicum work last fall as a requirement for Le... Read more Read more


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Ward Churchill published an article entitled “Conning the Public: Who’s the Terrorist?” in CounterPunch magazine today, again defending himself from what he believes are lies and distortions: First, Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and numerous other right-wing media spinmeisters asserted that I "advocated" terrorist attacks on the United States in my Op-Ed piece of Sept. 12,... Read more Read more


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In my previous installments I recounted Occidental College in Los Angeles’ remarkable attempts to punish student Jason Antebi for his speech, and its administrators’ truly stunning attempts to justify that punishment after the fact. In today’s installment we will cover another shocking side of the Oxy case: the administration’s use of the controversy around Jason... Read more Read more


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The recent injunction against UNC is only the latest development in a state that seems downright uncomfortable with basic freedoms. As I have often said on Viewpoints, a radio show in North Carolina on which I have frequently been a guest, North Carolina is a place where students and faculty are punished in violation of... Read more Read more


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As the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It looks like Harvard President Larry Summers is trying hard to do just that with the lemons being pelted at him after making what some believe are pretty sour remarks about the possibility that innate gender differences explain the lack of women in... Read more Read more


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I find it remarkable, but not surprising given my long experience in the field, that university administrators repeat the same violation time and time again. In the law, we have the doctrine of stare decisis—the binding effect of precedents—that requires that when a case is decided, the next case raising the same essential set of... Read more Read more


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March 8, 2005 President Salme Steinberg Northeastern Illinois University 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue B-159 Chicago, Illinois 60625 URGENT Sent by U.S. Mail and Facsimile (773-442-5070) Dear President Steinberg: As you can see from our Directors and Board of Advisors, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) unites leaders in the fields of civil... Read more Read more



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