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  Famed First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams told a national group of editorial writers last week that threats to the First Amendment these days come more often from the left than the right. It was a provocative statement from Mr. Abrams, himself a man of the left. Yesterday’s action by Southern Methodist University seems to... Read more Read more


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LOS ANGELES, CA—On September 25, 2003, President Warren Baker and other administrators of California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) were sued in federal court for violating the First Amendment rights of Cal Poly student Steven Hinkle. “It is unfortunate that Cal Poly administrators refused to fulfill their obligations to the Constitution.... Read more Read more


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SHIPPENSBURG, PA— The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday, September 4, 2003, ordering Shippensburg University President Anthony F. Ceddia not to enforce provisions of what the court termed Shippensburg’s “speech code.” The code is being challenged in a lawsuit brought by attorneys in the Legal... Read more Read more


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FIRE Legal Network Sues Cal Poly FIRE Coalition Shatters Window Display Policy at the University of Alabama Bake Sale Protests Shut Down in California, Illinois, and Texas— FIRE to the Rescue FIRE Changing the Culture Intern Updates From the Board of Directors Read more


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SHIPPENSBURG, PA, August 22, 2003—As part of its nationwide effort to free American public colleges and universities from unconstitutional restrictions on speech, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and its Legal Network have challenged Shippensburg University’s speech codes in federal court. Although a ruling has yet to be issued, Shippensburg finds itself unable... Read more Read more


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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education has issued a landmark letter of clarification that deals a powerful blow to administrative censors on America’s college and university campuses. The July 28, 2003, letter from Gerald A. Reynolds, assistant secretary of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education,... Read more Read more


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In The Chronicle of Higher Education, FIRE’s co-director Harvey A. Silverglate and FIRE’s director of legal and public advocacy Greg Lukianoff dispel the notion that speech codes are in retreat in higher education. The struggle for liberty continues. Read more


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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY July 28, 2003 Dear Colleague: I am writing to confirm the position of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education regarding a subject which is of central importance to our government, our heritage of freedom, and our way... Read more Read more



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