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Last week, several interesting dialogues about the controversy at Columbia took place on campus. On Tuesday, March 8, Columbia President Lee Bollinger held a “Common Meal” with students as “a follow-up to the Feb. 23 Common Meal on academic freedom in which University Provost Alan Brinkley addressed students.”  While these “Common Meal” sessions provided an... Read more Read more


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I devoted my regular column in the California Daily Journal last week to the coming decision in Lyle v. Warner Bros. Television. I explain the basics of the case: The plaintiff, Amaani Lyle, was hired to take notes on the hit sitcom “Friends.” When she was fired four months later, officially on grounds that she could... Read more Read more


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If you have been following my series on Occidental College’s ruthless treatment of its students, I hope you can see that, if nothing else, this is a very interesting story. After all, it involves censorship, a cover-up, official proclamations dissolving the elected student government, a national controversy over the policy of the ACLU, not to... Read more Read more


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One of the most depressingly predictable patterns in modern higher education is the extreme overreaction to a single incident of inappropriate or “offensive” speech. Again and again, we have seen schools take repressive action to “improve the climate” or “create a welcoming environment” after incidents that are either innocuous (like the parody mentioned in Greg’s... Read more Read more


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I sent our esteemed friend and Board of Directors member Michael Meyers my post from this morning in which I explain how Occidental College in Los Angeles has publicly stated that its censorship of a student is consistent with ACLU policies. Showing stunning arrogance, the General Counsel of Oxy continued to claim to be acting... Read more Read more


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So far we in this series we have covered Occidental College’s violation of student Jason Antebi’s free speech rights, its ruthless and dishonest campaign to justify its actions, and how it used this incident as an excuse to dissolve the entire student government. This installment deals with the ACLU of Southern California’s involvement in the... Read more Read more


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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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