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LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2004—Showing profound contempt for free speech, Occidental College in Los Angeles has fired the student host of a popular student radio program and found him guilty of sexual harassment due to satirical jokes made on the air. Occidental also used this controversy as a pretext for the unprecedented decision to dissolve... Read more Read more


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CLEVELAND, OH,—A philosophy professor who was punished for disclosing his religious viewpoint to students has filed suit against Lakeland Community College in Ohio. Professor James Tuttle was disciplined by the administration and later stripped of his classes for making statements on his syllabi and in class lectures that referenced his religious faith and how it... Read more Read more


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SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2004—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has joined a national coalition that is urging the California Supreme Court to reverse a state appellate court decision that has profoundly chilling implications for free speech. FIRE joins concerned law professors and organizations in arguing that the decision in Lyle v. Warner... Read more Read more


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IRVINE, CA and BOULDER, CO—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is celebrating twin victories for free speech on Wednesday, February 12, at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU). UCI’s decision not to interfere with an “affirmative action bake sale” protest held on Wednesday came after... Read more Read more


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SPRINGFIELD, MO—Last month, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) publicly opposed Southwest Missouri State University’s (SMSU’s) investigation of the student editor and faculty advisor of its student newspaper, The Standard, after it printed an editorial cartoon that some Native American students found “offensive.” In response, SMSU claims that its procedures respect free speech... Read more Read more


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An unsigned editorial in today’s edition of USA Today cites FIRE’s research in support of its strong stand against disheartening administrative attempts to censor student newspapers. USA Today rightly argued that “the best way to combat offensive speech is with more speech, not less.” The editorial comes in response to student newspaper censorship following the... Read more Read more


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BUFFALO, N.Y., June 9, 2004.The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) announces the fourth lawsuit in its campaign to rid public campuses of repressive and unconstitutional speech codes. The federal lawsuit was filed June 3 against the State University of New York College at Brockport (SUNY Brockport), in upstate New York, on behalf of... Read more Read more


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June 4, 2004   Mrs. Catherine Young Selleck Chair, Occidental College Board of Trustees Three Oliver Court Menlo Park, California  94025   Dear Chairwoman Selleck, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) works on behalf of liberty, legal equality, freedom of religion, academic freedom, due process, and freedom of speech and expression on America’s... Read more Read more


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Student Newspaper Censored for Publishing Cartoon Fire Defends Professor for Punished for Being Catholic Speech Codes Litigation Project: Fourth Speech Code Lawsuit Targets SUNY FIRE in the News: The Wall Street Journal   Read more



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