Today, FIRE has released a new video chronicling the struggle for free speech at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California, where student Robert Van Tuinen was famously prevented from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution, on Constitution Day, no less.
Much of the case’s narrative is probably familiar to FIRE supporters by now. Van Tuinen sued MJC, eventually receiving a $50,000 settlement, and MJC agreed to revise its policies to eliminate the requirement that students obtain permission for their expressive activities from MJC and the [...] » Read More
As the problem of sexual assault on college campuses gains increasing attention nationwide, members of Congress are exploring ways to prod universities into better handling sexual assault accusations. Unfortunately, some lawmakers are glossing over the question of due process for accused students, seeking to compel universities to use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard in sexual assault cases—a weak evidentiary standard that can brand a student a rapist based on a mere 50.01% likelihood of their guilt, as determined [...] » Read More
FIRE’s newest video features Dartmouth College student Robert Smith, who talks about the afternoon a fellow Dartmouth student ran over his organization’s pro-life display with his car. The ironic twist? The car was sporting a “Coexist” bumper sticker on the back.» Read More
On most college campuses, the student newspaper is entrusted with reporting on issues important to the campus community and with holding powerful campus authorities accountable. But after the student newspaper at the University of Memphis found its budget slashed by $25,000 because the student government and university administration didn’t like the paper’s critical, investigative reporting on their activities, The Daily Helmsman’s role as a campus watchdog was threatened.
Chelsea Boozer was editor-in-chief of the Helmsman when the paper’s budget was cut in May 2012. In FIRE’s latest video, Boozer talks about the events leading up to the paper’s funding cut and how the actions taken by [...] » Read More
Growing up, Harvey Silverglate always had a natural inclination toward free speech. As he says, “We really used to say on the streets of Brooklyn, ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones but names can never harm me.’”
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1967, Harvey followed his passion for free speech to college campuses, where, as a lawyer, he defended Vietnam war protesters. His experiences defending student expression on campus eventually led him to co-found FIRE, where he now serves as Chairman of the Board.
In FIRE’s latest video, we sit down with Harvey to discuss why it is so [...] » Read More
Featuring Larry Gatlin and Jonathan Rauch!
Religious and political groups in the United States have traditionally been free to choose their leaders and members without interference from authorities. That’s no longer true at Vanderbilt University, where the school banned belief-based groups from making belief-based decisions about their members and leaders and drove 13 religious student groups off of campus. In this video, FIRE talks to Vanderbilt students and faculty about how this decision is affecting them. Country music legend Larry Gatlin and author and scholar Jonathan Rauch also explain why Vanderbilt has done both its students and the idea of pluralism [...] » Read More
FIRE’s Essay Contest will award $20,000 in scholarships to high school juniors and seniors this fall! Visit http://www.thefire.org/contest to enter. Deadline Nov. 25, 2012.
Did you know that some colleges and universities restrict student speech rights? Don’t be surprised by campus censorship when you get to college – know before you go!» Read More
First published in 2005, FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus has been distributed to more than 138,000 students, faculty members, alumni, administrators, and citizens across the country as a tool to fight censorship on campus. The new second edition of the Guide has been fully updated for today’s students, paying special attention to student expression in the Facebook era and providing readers with fresh examples from FIRE’s case archives, important updates from state and federal case law, and incisive analysis.» Read More