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Despite spending much of my professional life defending students who are victims of the totalitarian academic culture, I can still be surprised by the stunning self-righteousness underlying much of the censorship on campus. Campus administrators and many faculty members know that they have all the right answers regarding issues of race, gender, sexuality, poverty, war,... Read more Read more


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Check out “Sex, Religion, and Politics: New Challenges in Discrimination Law” at the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Law in Academe” section. The articles discusses and advises colleges and universities on how to “deal with new, rapidly emerging legal areas, including discrimination against transgender people, discrimination against people for their religious and political beliefs, and discrimination... Read more Read more


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Gary Pavela, director of judicial programs at the University of Maryland at College Park, wrote an interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education today (account required to access) about student academic freedom, pointing out the role of dialogue, mutual questioning, and collaboration in a learning environment based on trust. Pavela writes: [The] Socratic conception... Read more Read more


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PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 26, 2005—Rhode Island College’s (RIC’s) School of Social Work is requiring a conservative master’s student to publicly advocate for “progressive” social changes if he wants to continue pursuing a degree in social work policy. RIC’s appalling disregard for student Bill Felkner’s freedom of conscience is the latest in an ongoing string of... Read more Read more


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The Chronicle of Higher Education reports (account required for access) that the Department of Education issued new guidelines yesterday requiring that all educational institutions receiving federal funds provide instruction on the United States Constitution on September 17, known as the annual Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. As the Chronicle reports: The rule puts into effect... Read more Read more


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Ever since Jason Antebi filed suit against Occidental College for finding him guilty of sexual harassment under federal law for on-air jokes and for baselessly accusing him of serious criminal wrongdoing in order to keep groups like FIRE and the ACLU from coming to his aid, I have received many emails on the topic. Many... Read more Read more


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Today, our newest program officer, Samantha Harris, received an email from a student at Ohio University. The student wanted to know exactly what policies earned Ohio University a “red light” rating from our speechcodes.org website. Ohio University’s red-light status is well-earned. I was shocked enough by it that I mentioned part of OU’s code in... Read more Read more


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Earlier today, Greg brought our attention to FIRE friend KC Johnson’s article, “Disposition for Bias,” on Inside Higher Ed. The article addresses an increasingly popular form of intellectual coercion that is taking place in our nation’s schools of education called the “disposition” theory. This theory seems to require that education students have the right amount of “commitment... Read more Read more


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Check out KC Johnson’s latest interesting article at Inside Higher Education. Read more


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Moved by FIRE’s official fifth birthday, fast approaching, I have been revisiting the records of my prior involvements in the struggle for liberty and legal equality at America’s colleges and universities. Some fifteen and a half years ago, I wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal (October 12, 1989), expressing my dismay over... Read more Read more



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