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CORAL GABLES, FL— University of Miami (UM) President Donna Shalala has permitted an official UM agent to deny recognition of a student organization that seeks to advance conservative philosophical ideas. UM takes the position that the campus chapter of the College Republicans speaks for all “conservatives.” “The University of Miami has imposed awful restrictions on... Read more Read more


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CAMBRIDGE, MA—On April 1, 2003, in an extremely important victory for fundamental fairness on our nation’s private as well as public campuses, the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) dismissed a complaint against Harvard University. Wendy Murphy, a Boston lawyer, had alleged that revisions to Harvard’s disciplinary procedures—changes devised to eliminate... Read more Read more


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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—In a resounding victory for freedom of conscience, Rutgers University has lifted a ban on the InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship (Fellowship), a Christian student group. “This is an important event for everyone who values genuine pluralism and diversity,” said Alan Charles Kors, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which... Read more Read more


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BLACKSBURG, VA—On March 10, 2003, the Board of Visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) passed a resolution that threatened freedom of speech and assembly at that public institution. The Board banned specific viewpoints and required prior approval for all meetings on campus. On March 14, FIRE urged Virginia Tech to abandon... Read more Read more


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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Tuesday, March 11th, 2003, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) celebrates the formal launch of the FIRE Guides to Student Rights on Campus and of the Guides. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese and ACLU President Nadine Strossen, among others, will address the significance of the Guides in defeating the... Read more Read more


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Glendora, CA—In rapid response to the intervention of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the administration of Citrus College (California) has undone a terrible injustice—and has avoided a moral and legal nightmare. A Citrus College professor had compelled undergraduate students to write anti-war letters to President George W. Bush—penalizing the grades of students... Read more Read more


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On February 20, 2003 the United States Department of Justice issued a 50-count indictment against University of South Florida (USF) Professor Sami Al-Arian on charges related to terrorism. USF would be wholly within its rights to suspend Al-Arian, with pay, pending the adjudication of these grave charges, and to remove him for cause if he... Read more Read more


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RALEIGH, NC—At Shaw University during fall 2002, Gale Isaacs, long-time professor and chair of the Allied Health Department, was fired for co-authoring a faculty resolution that criticized the University’s president and Board of Trustees. President Talbert O. Shaw personally fired her for “faithlessness [and] disloyalty.” She had worked at the University for nineteen years. Four... Read more Read more


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CAMBRIDGE, MA—In a letter of January 2, 2003, to Alan Charles Kors and Harvey A. Silverglate, the co-directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Dean Kim B. Clark of Harvard Business School (HBS) expressed his regret over the recent intimidation of a student editor by top HBS administrators. He vowed a recommitment... Read more Read more


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On December 30, 2002, FIRE drew widespread public attention to the revocation of a Christian student group’s constitutional and moral rights at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC). The next day, UNC folded its hand. An administrator had threatened the InterVarsity christian Fellowship (IVCF) with a loss of all privileges and funding because it... Read more Read more



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