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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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In recent months, students and professors at Columbia University have spoken out against the institution’s prohibition on recording any part of its gender-based misconduct investigation and adjudication processes. Unfortunately for students seeking accountability and accuracy in campus hearings, the Columbia administration has stood its ground. The prohibition is stated in several Columbia documents. As The... Read more Read more


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In a decision issued last week in Keefe v. Adams, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit rejected a nursing student’s claim that his free speech and due process rights were violated when his school punished him for his off-campus Facebook posts. The decision strikes a blow to the rights of students in... Read more Read more


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With exactly a week until Election Day, students should feel particularly empowered to campaign on campus. However, at schools across the country, students are told over and over again that they are not allowed to campaign on campus because doing so would compromise their university’s nonprofit status. FIRE has reported on numerous cases in recent... Read more Read more


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You can see FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff on both coasts this week, as he jets off to talk campus speech at events in both Berkeley, California and Saratoga Springs, New York. November 2: “Sex, Violence, and Revolution” at Berkeley On Wednesday, November 2, the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies will... Read more Read more


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Is your “exhausted undergrad” costume ready for tonight’s festivities? That might be one of the frighteningly few outfit choices remaining if you attend a university expecting you to avoid “cultural appropriation” this year. And beware: The rules are petrifyingly hard to follow. While institutions are well within their rights to suggest costume considerations to their... Read more Read more


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“The right to speak freely may be enshrined in some of our nation’s great universities, but the culture of listening needs repair.” So begins Erika Christakis’ op-ed in The Washington Post today, in which—for the first time since she sent an email to Yale University students last fall asking them “to think critically about an... Read more Read more



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