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The Protect the Flag Act (H.R. 6433), introduced in Congress last week, threatens to withhold federal funding from institutions of higher education that, “pursuant to an official policy of the institution to prohibit the display of the flag of the United States by the institution, removes, censors, takes down, prohibits, or otherwise halts display of... Read more Read more


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A Winthrop University student allegedly participated in protest of campus building’s name The South Carolina public university charged the student with “disturb[ing] the public order and peace” The university president sent an email suggesting that “hurtful” art is punishable Rock Hill, S.C., Dec. 8, 2016—Winthrop University is threatening a student with expulsion or suspension for... Read more Read more


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Ordinarily, I wait more than a week between bringing you these due process legal updates. But in the days following my last dispatch, a number of interesting things have happened that I want to bring you up-to-date on. A complaint filed last week against Drake University in Iowa includes an intriguing argument. Like most such... Read more Read more


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Every time election season rolls around, FIRE is called on to clear universities’ lingering confusion over the political speech and activity rights of students, which are frequently, and unconstitutionally, restricted by colleges suddenly fearful that allowing such expression might put their tax-exempt status at risk. As we can never seem to say enough, students are... Read more Read more


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Purdue University has been making good on its promises to promote free speech on campus. In May of last year, it became the first public institution to formally commit to upholding free expression by adopting the FIRE-endorsed Chicago Statement, and it eliminated all of its speech-restrictive policies to become one of FIRE’s distinguished “green light”... Read more Read more


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Chairman of FIRE’s Board of Directors Daniel Shuchman told FIRE supporters today why their continued contributions to our important work are more significant now than ever before. “There is much that needs to be done to defend and preserve free speech, and FIRE is the only group positioned to do it,” Shuchman wrote of FIRE’s... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a problematic bill co-sponsored by Senators Tim Scott and Bob Casey, cleared the Senate on an uncontested voice vote, on the same day the bill was introduced in Congress. The bill would require the Department of Education to “take into consideration” the definition of anti-Semitism used by the Department of... Read more Read more


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Mike Adams, a professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), is no stranger to controversy. In 2014, Adams won a First Amendment lawsuit alleging that UNCW retaliated against him for his public expression of conservative views. Now, Adams once again finds himself at the center of a debate over the boundaries of free... Read more Read more


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Update (December 1, 2016): Salem State University reopened its “State of the Union” art exhibit, Inside Higher Ed reports. However, at least one of the exhibit’s most controversial paintings depicting Ku Klux Klan members is now displayed fully enclosed by black drapes. Students & controversial art: #SalemState reopens exhibit, MICA involves students in displaying piece on the KKK... Read more Read more


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Widespread attempts by university administrators to silence student journalists pose a grave threat to those journalists, their publications, and the campus community at large, according to a troubling report released today by the American Association of University Professors, the College Media Association, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and the Student Press Law Center. The groups... Read more Read more



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