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The always-vigilant Student Press Law Center reports that students at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles confessed to stealing and destroying approximately 4,000 copies of the student newspaper. The theft was apparently related to an article that the paper ran about a sorority hazing incident in which the paper misidentified the sorority president who was... Read more Read more


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Today the Collegiate Network released its “2005 Campus Outrage Awards,” and Le Moyne College received a not-so-coveted first-place award for dismissing student Scott McConnell for advocating corporal punishment. In addition to this dubious distinction, McConnell’s case has been covered by The New York Times, NPR, The Baltimore Sun, The American Spectator, The Post-Standard, and the Christian... Read more Read more


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On March 30, 2005, Columbia’s Ad Hoc Grievance Committee issued a report detailing its findings regarding the ongoing academic freedom controversy in Columbia’s Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) Department. The Ad Hoc Committee was formed in response to allegations made in the film Columbia Unbecoming and elsewhere that MEALAC professors abused pro-Israel students... Read more Read more


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In a landmark week for FIRE’s cultural resonance, the Mallard Fillmore comic featured four strips on campus speech codes. Two of these strips mentioned FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus. In an obvious response to these strips, we have seen a spike in Guide orders, and more than 1,000 people downloaded copies of the Guide... Read more Read more


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My friend K. C. Johnson, a professor at Brooklyn College, has posted an interesting discussion of our analysis of the University of Colorado’s report on Ward Churchill: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has issued an analysis of the University of Colorado’s Report on Conclusion of Preliminary Review in the Matter of Professor Ward... Read more Read more


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Last Friday, March 25 (which was Good Friday for most Christians), a tempest erupted at the University of Pennsylvania Law School here in Philadelphia. It seems that the Christian Legal Society (CLS) at Penn Law has a tradition of hiding plastic Easter eggs around the school on Good Friday for students to pick up. These... Read more Read more


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The ad hoc committee established to investigate the grievance procedures surrounding the controversy at Columbia University has issued its report. Read more


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In an important decision on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that whistle-blowers accusing educational institutions of sex discrimination are protected from retaliation. Read more about the decision in The Chronicle of Higher Education (account needed for access). As it broadens the category of “protected” individuals under federal law, the ruling may have a significant impact... Read more Read more


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FIRE President David French will be on Fox News Channel’s Your World w/ Neil Cavuto today at 4:40 p.m. (ET) discussing the controversy surrounding Harvard President Larry Summers. If you’re near a TV, don’t miss it! Read more


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Jai Katsuri, an eighth-year Ph.D. student in Columbia’s MEALAC department, wrote an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator today discussing the apparent silence of the majority of MEALAC students in the ongoing controversy surrounding their department. Katsuri adds to anthropology student Oguz Erdur’s previous op-ed, “Columbia Becoming,” which criticizes the use of dehumanizing power politics and... Read more Read more



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