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In September 2013, FIRE released an infographic reporting for the first time on the number of schools in our Spotlight Database that have “free speech zones”—policies limiting student demonstrations and other expressive activities to small and/or out-of-the-way areas on campus. At that time, roughly one in six of the colleges and universities in Spotlight maintained... Read more Read more


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It’s a time-honored tradition for college students to use independent newspapers to respond to pressing issues on campus and avoid top-down censorship from administrators. As The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported in their piece, “In Tense Times, Black Students Find Ways to Tell Their Own Stories,” there has been a surge in publications run... Read more Read more


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Northern Michigan University’s (NMU’s) policies on self-harm have once again brought scrutiny down on the Upper Peninsula school. In September of this year, FIRE reported on NMU’s practice of forbidding students from discussing thoughts of self-harm with other students. In response to a national outcry, the administration publicly announced an end to the practice of... Read more Read more


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A New York appellate court recently held that two New York University (NYU) professors’ claims can proceed against the school on the theory that its faculty handbook is a legally binding document. The decision sends a message to educational institutions that they must uphold the promises they make in faculty handbooks in and other written... Read more Read more


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FIRE saw a record number of attempts by students, faculty, and others to prevent those with whom they disagreed from speaking on campus in 2016. FIRE has tracked this worrying phenomenon—what we call “disinvitations”—in our comprehensive Disinvitation Database cataloguing such incidents since 2000. FIRE logged 42 separate incidents this year in which speakers faced opposition... Read more Read more


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Do law enforcement authorities compromise the impartiality of sexual assault investigations if they begin those investigations by automatically “believing” the report? As recently reported by the Phoenix New Times and The Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy, that was the goal of the Arizona Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women when they adopted a campaign called... Read more Read more


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ROCK HILL, S.C., Dec. 19, 2016—A Winthrop University student was found not responsible for violating two university speech codes after her involvement with a campus anti-lynching art installation. This outcome comes six days after the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) wrote to the university president to... Read more Read more


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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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