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It has been a while since my last due process legal update, and there are some new developments to report. First of all, the complaints continue to roll in. Since I last wrote in late September, at least five new lawsuits have been filed. Students at Albany Medical College, the College of Saint Benedict &... Read more Read more


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Nicole Sanders is planning a big move to Washington, D.C. Having gained media attention last year after successfully suing her college for violating her First Amendment rights, Sanders was recently hand-picked as the incoming first-ever Director of Student Programs for The Atlas Society. “They love that I sued my school for free speech,” she said,... Read more Read more


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Yesterday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) announced that a lawsuit it filed on behalf of two Paradise Valley Community College students last year has been settled—with great results for students at PVCC and the other nine colleges of the Maricopa County Community College District in Arizona. As part of the settlement, MCCCD will eliminate free speech... Read more Read more


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Lately, Syracuse University has been trying to act in closer accordance with its stated commitment to free speech. In September, the administration stepped in to re-invite Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan after he had been disinvited. Most recently, the university assembled a Working Group on Free Speech to make recommendations on how to best revise the... Read more Read more


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This week, the regularly scheduled meeting of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences was dominated by a discussion of a resolution introduced by 12 faculty members aimed at rolling back the university’s controversial decision earlier this year to deny some leadership and educational opportunities to student members of single-sex final clubs and Greek organizations.... Read more Read more


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Everyone loves a good bake sale, right? Well, apparently not. Last week, the University of Texas at Austin chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas held an “affirmative action bake sale,” where the prices of the baked goods varied depending on the racial identity of the purchaser. The event, which was designed to critique affirmative action... Read more Read more


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Eli Feldman has joined FIRE’s staff as FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff’s new executive assistant. “I’m excited to work directly with Greg and really get involved with campus speech issues,” Eli said of his new position. A recent Yale University graduate earning honors in psychology, Eli was a passionate mental health advocate during his... Read more Read more


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A recent two-day symposium at Brandeis University remembering the late comedian Lenny Bruce featured a keynote address by Brandeis alumna Christie Hefner—daughter of Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner—on free speech, comedy, and Bruce’s legacy of transgressive social change. She also highlights campus speech issues, specifically praising FIRE’s work (and that of FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff, who... Read more Read more


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Halloween has been a flashpoint for free-speech controversies for many years, but at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), a “green light” school, students took a different approach. Shelby and I participated in a Free Speech Rally at which the College Park Students for Liberty, the Black Student Union, Terps for Trump, the UMD... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 2, 2016—Yet again, FIRE has delivered a warning to public colleges and universities with highly restrictive speech codes: Revise the policies or risk a First Amendment lawsuit and personal liability. Yesterday, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent a national certified mailing to 111 of the country’s largest and most prestigious... Read more Read more



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