FIRE has filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the case of John McAdams, the tenured Marquette University professor who was fired after criticizing a graduate student instructor’s pedagogical techniques on his personal blog.» Read More
The University of Central Florida (UCF) is no longer a “red light” institution after making a significant policy change in recent months. Furthermore, UCF’s faculty senate has adopted a free speech policy statement modeled after the “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression” at the University of Chicago (better known as the “Chicago Statement”).
Several professors committed to free expression worked with FIRE’s Policy Reform team to revise a red light information technology use policy that substantially restricted the free speech rights of students. That change leaves UCF with only one “yellow light” policy — a [...] » Read More
A former University of Oklahoma researcher claims that OU administrators and an oil magnate pressured him to suppress scientific researching regarding the harmful effects of wastewater injection. The researcher’s testimony describes a callous disregard for academic freedom at OU.
According to the Oklahoma Daily, OU’s student newspaper, the trouble began for Austin Holland after he published his research on how wastewater injection, a process commonly associated with hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking), has led to an increase in earthquakes in Oklahoma. He then met with OU President David Boren and Harold Hamm, the CEO of a large oil [...] » Read More
FIRE is now accepting applications for our 2018 Legal Internship Program.» Read More
The holidays are upon us, which means family, food, and . . . online shopping! When you enjoy Amazon’s deals today on Cyber Monday — and throughout the holiday season — remember that the purchases you make through Amazon.com’s AmazonSmile program can help support FIRE.» Read More
This year brought a glut of challenges to free speech rights on campus. Fortunately, by expanding our programs, launching new advocacy campaigns, and working diligently on many fronts, FIRE was able to secure crucial policy, defense, legislative, and litigation victories affecting more than one million students and professors.» Read More
Americans have many things for which to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We live in a country of relative prosperity and enjoy substantial peace and comfort in a dangerous world. Our nation may not be perfect, but one of the ways in which we excel is by allowing our citizens the right to speak freely and to voice dissent when necessary. The right to share opinions without fear of government reprisal is precious and must not be taken for granted.» Read More
Last week, officials from Queens College and members of the City University of New York Board of Trustees agreed to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed earlier this year and committed to reform policies that resulted in a pro-life student group being denied official recognition without explanation. The settlement was the third this month for attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented the group.» Read More
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute thinks you’re subject to its student conduct policy even if you’re not a student
If you think you’ve read a lot about Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in this space lately, you’re right: This is the sixth time this fall that FIRE is writing about RPI. We’ve also sent the school three letters this year. Unfortunately, we can’t promise this will be the last time, either — RPI seems hellbent on violating its promises to students in new and noteworthy ways. And even if you’re already an expert on RPI’s unconscionable attempts to hinder its students’ expressive rights, keep reading. In this latest installment, we’ll cover RPI’s attempt to make the Star Chamber look like a bastion of due process.» Read More
This is the fourth installment in a series of posts delving into the results of FIRE’s “Speaking Freely” report on college students’ attitudes toward expression on American campuses. In this post, we will talk about how the attitudes of community college students and 4-year undergraduate students differ in regard to expression on campus.» Read More