Creeley and Kaminer in ‘USA TODAY’ and ‘The Atlantic’ on New Attacks on Campus Liberty

April 26, 2011

Between a renewed push for "civility" and a proposed federal law that would lower the standards of campus justice, liberty is once again under siege at our nation’s colleges and universities. In USA TODAY, FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley and FIRE Board of Advisors member Wendy Kaminer comment on government efforts to ban campus harassment that would go too far and ban merely offensive or unpopular speech. In The Atlantic, Kaminer takes on the "SaVE Act," which would require colleges to lower the standard of evidence for sexual crimes to a "preponderance of the evidence" standard that criminal courts may not use even for the simplest misdemeanors, while Creeley calls into question the bill’s finding that most colleges do not educate about sexual violence.