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Update (December 17, 2016): FIRE’s Joe Cohn spoke to The Washington Post and The New York Times about the issues raised by the team’s boycott. Yesterday evening, the University of Minnesota football team announced its intention to boycott a bowl game after 10 members of the team were suspended indefinitely earlier this week following the university’s investigation... Read more Read more


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Consumer Reports has included the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in its recently-released list of the “Best Charities for Your Donation.” The publication chose FIRE as one of its top five, highest-rated Human and Civil Rights charities alongside the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Community Change, the Fund for Global Human Rights,... Read more Read more


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Ten months ago, conservative author and political commentator Ben Shapiro spoke at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Shapiro’s speech was not without obstacles: CSULA attempted to charge the event’s sponsor, the Young America’s Foundation (YAF), more than $600 in security fees before unilaterally canceling (and then un-canceling) the event. When Shapiro finally spoke, some... Read more Read more


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Students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) are calling for the head of George Buch, a part-time math instructor at UNLV, after he joked on Facebook that he would alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement about any undocumented students in his class. The student activists have demanded a meeting with UNLV President Len Jessup... Read more Read more


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FIRE released its Spotlight on Speech Codes 2017 report yesterday after The Wall Street Journal ran an exclusive first look at its eye-opening findings over the weekend. Now other publications are taking notice and weighing in. The Chronicle of Higher Education was among the first to highlight the report’s most significant findings: a drop of... Read more Read more


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Anyone who follows FIRE’s work has seen the way colleges and universities frequently use overbroad and vague policies against “harassment,” “threats,” and “obscenity” to punish speech that comes nowhere close to the legal definition of these terms. Sometimes the policies that prohibit constitutionally protected expression are easy to find, but sometimes they’re tucked away—for example,... Read more Read more


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Earlier this month, a federal district court dismissed the constitutional claims of Navid Yeasin, who was expelled from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2013 based in part on Twitter comments about his ex-girlfriend. The disappointing decision raises concerns and perpetuates uncertainty over a public college or university’s ability to punish students for off-campus online... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12, 2016—This year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) saw an unprecedented decline in the percentage of universities maintaining written policies that severely restrict students’ free speech rights. This is the ninth year in a row that the percentage has dropped. Released today, Spotlight on Speech Codes 2017: The State of... Read more Read more


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Pick up a copy of this weekend’s edition of The Wall Street Journal for an exclusive sneak peek at the top findings from FIRE’s Spotlight on Speech Codes 2017: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses. Check back in here Monday for the full report! Read more


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Sad but true: College newspapers are stolen with mind-numbing regularity. Just about every semester brings fresh reports of newspapers being stolen right from their racks, a clumsy act of censorship that campus speech watchdogs like FIRE and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) have been forced to condemn countless times over the years. Unfortunately, this... Read more Read more



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