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Northwestern University has agreed to revise many of its restrictions on football players’ free speech rights after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declared several provisions of its Football Handbook “unlawfully overbroad.” The NLRB’s opinion and Northwestern’s policy revisions granting football players greater freedom of speech come at a time of intense controversy regarding the... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18, 2016—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is excited to announce the launch of its new Speech, Outreach, Advocacy, and Research (SOAR) project. Made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, this ambitious three-year project will provide FIRE with the tools necessary to conduct polling on campus... Read more Read more


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FIRE is celebrating Free Speech Week to help raise awareness about this important right that all Americans share. To kick things off for this annual celebration of free speech, we’re helping students and faculty celebrate with a swag giveaway! Over the summer, FIRE staff designed mini “free speech wall” whiteboards to encourage student expression on... Read more Read more


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The American affiliate of PEN International, an international free expression advocacy organization, released a report today on the state of campus expression. PEN America’s “And Campus for All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities” and its attached “PEN America Principles on Campus Speech,” takes a look at broader campus speech trends. The documents provide... Read more Read more


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FIRE is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2017 Summer Internship! Our internship program invites students from across the country to spend the summer working directly with FIRE’s staff defending civil liberties on America’s college campuses. FIRE is looking for intelligent, energetic undergraduates (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) interested in... Read more Read more


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Last month, we reported on Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro’s comments about critics of safe spaces, microaggressions, and trigger warnings, in which he described people who think trigger warnings undermine the First Amendment as “lunatics,” and those who deny the existence of microaggressions as “idiots.” Now, Schapiro has said those comments were a mistake, but... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, the Philadelphia office of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a resolution agreement with Wesley College concluding that the small Delaware institution had discriminated against a male student expelled for sexual misconduct “when it subjected him to an inequitable grievance and appeal process.” The resolution agreement documents a number of... Read more Read more


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Like many professors, Brooklyn College (BC) geology professor David Seidemann has a grading rubric in his syllabus that accounts for students’ effort: Class deportment, effort etc……. 10% (applied only to select students when appropriate). But very much unlike any other case we’ve seen at FIRE, this seemingly innocuous grading criteria landed Seidemann at the center... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Project is among a select group of 2016 Templeton Freedom Award Finalists. Atlas Network, a D.C.-area nonprofit dedicated to advancing the cause of liberty, hosts the annual awards and culls the winning project from an international pool of contenders. “Launched in 2012, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Project confronts campus administrators, legislators,... Read more Read more


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The University of Alabama (UA) has relented after imposing a $7,000 security fee on the College Republicans for hosting conservative provocateur and journalist Milo Yiannopoulos. Like some other schools hosting Yiannopoulos on his “Dangerous Faggot Tour,” UA imposed exorbitant security fees on the group hosting the event. At first, UA told the College Republicans that... Read more Read more



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