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This year, through our defense, policy, legislative, and litigation efforts, FIRE has successfully defended the free speech and due process rights of more than 920,000 students and faculty. We won speech code victories at 29 institutions, welcomed five more schools to our esteemed “green light” list in our Spotlight Speech Codes Database, and grew our FIRE... Read more Read more


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This week, Rutgers University suspended adjunct professor Kevin Allred, apparently over tweets and statements concerning the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Allred’s suspension came several days after he was detained by law enforcement and quickly released following a psychiatric evaluation. Allred’s tweets, while hyperbolic, do not rise to the level of a “true threat” unprotected... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, conservative group Turning Point USA (TPUSA) launched a website, Professor Watchlist, “to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” Visitors, the website states, may use the Watchlist to “see if any of [their] professors have records of opposing freedom of speech... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s Samantha Harris penned an op-ed for the New York Daily News, published online last night, that explores the growing number of cases in which universities punish student athletes for engaging in constitutionally protected speech. While recognizing that “student athletes agree to increased regulation of their lives in exchange for the ability to represent their... Read more Read more


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For the past few months, we’ve been covering the statements campus leaders make about free speech at their colleges or universities. In the weeks following this month’s presidential election, campus leaders have addressed their students’ reactions to the results in various ways—some “good,” and others “bad” for freedom of expression. The Good Central Washington University... Read more Read more


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This week, we’ve been highlighting the features currently available on FIRE’s new First Amendment Library. Today, as one of the staffers working to build this resource, I’d like to tell you about the future of the library and the content we are currently working to provide. First and foremost, we are diligently expanding upon the... Read more Read more


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All week, we’ve been telling you about FIRE’s recently launched First Amendment Library and its unique features. Today, we’re highlighting the library’s crown jewel: our First Amendment Case Database. A free, online database of more than 900 Supreme Court cases, this ever-growing reference is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to know more about First... Read more Read more


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FIRE’s new First Amendment Library has a plethora of useful—and free!—features for anyone interested in learning more about the First Amendment. From lawyers to laypeople, there is truly something for everyone in our just-launched and ever-expanding library. Today, we’d like to tell you about some of the unique documents we’re compiling for the library—some of... Read more Read more


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On Monday, FIRE and nearly 90 supporters and friends gathered at the Jones Day law firm’s rooftop to celebrate the launch of FIRE’s First Amendment Library. Originally the small passion project of First Amendment law scholar Ronald Collins, the library is now designed to be a premier resource for information about the First Amendment’s five... Read more Read more


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Columbia University has suspended its men’s wrestling team from competition pending an investigation of group text messages that were leaked to a student-run news website. This is different from the average college free speech case in that the students in question are student-athletes. It is generally accepted that student-athletes agree to some increased regulation of... Read more Read more



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