When Stanford University launched an investigation into Nicholas Wallace over a satirical email, FIRE sprang into action so he wouldn’t miss graduation.
Freedom of speech is a human right and a fundamental American freedom. It’s essential for democracy, scientific progress, artistic expression, social justice, peace, and each individual’s ability to live authentically.
At FIRE, we believe free speech is a force for good.
We also know it’s under threat.
FIRE’s vision is an America in which people overwhelmingly believe in the right of others to freely express views different from their own, and expect their laws and educational institutions to reflect and teach this belief.
No student should ever face the threat of a degree hold for exercising their free speech rights.
|1||University of Chicago Private||77.92/100||Green|
|2||Kansas State University Public||76.2/100||Green|
|3||Purdue University Public||75.81/100||Green|
|4||Mississippi State University Public||74.72/100||Green|
|5||Oklahoma State University - Stillwater Public||74.35/100||Yellow|
|6||Claremont McKenna College Private||72.65/100||Green|
|7||University of North Carolina - Greensboro Public||68.72/100||Green|
|8||Northern Arizona University Public||68.5/100||Green|
|9||North Carolina State University - Raleigh Public||67.93/100||Green|
|10||Oregon State University Public||67.42/100||Green|
Facing censorship or retaliation for protected speech? FIRE lawyers are here to help you when your free speech rights are violated.
FIRE’s signature, core defense program provides free, non-legal assistance to individuals whose fundamental civil liberties are violated, with a special focus on college students, professors, student media, and campus groups.
FIRE’s College Policy Reform team works to proactively and systematically challenge campus policies that violate the free speech rights of students and faculty.
FIRE defends your individual rights at both the state and federal level by advocating on behalf of rights-protective legislation and against proposed laws that would abridge those rights.
Too many college campuses silence students who dare exercise their right to free expression. For a more thorough analysis of your expressive rights at colleges and universities, consult FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus.
The FIRE Faculty Network is a coalition of college faculty interested in promoting and defending free expression and academic freedom at their institutions.
The FIRE Student Network is a coalition of college students who recognize the importance of advancing civil liberties on their campuses.
Help us build a movement and promote a strong culture of free speech by supporting FIRE with a donation today.
Amid high-profile controversies surrounding free speech and racial equality, former ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser reflects on his life at the forefront of defending the rights of all Americans.
In 2021 alone, FIRE’s Campus Rights Advocacy team won 74 campus rights victories, impacting the rights of thousands of college students and faculty.
Since 1999, FIRE has won 459 defense victories at 283 colleges and universities.
In 2021, FIRE vetted over 1,600 case submissions involving individuals and groups who said their rights were threatened.
In 2021, FIRE’s College Policy Reform team won 47 policy-change victories affecting nearly 500,000 students.
Resources for incoming students about their free speech rights on college campuses.
Limiting your free speech rights to “free speech zones” is wrong. Here’s why.
Explore the history of free speech from the Magna Carta to the Supreme Court using our interactive timeline.
For educators who want to enrich and supplement their existing instruction on First Amendment and freedom of expression issues in middle and high school classrooms.
In this course, you’ll learn about how the right to freedom of speech has evolved over human history, how it promotes peace in society and uplifts minority voices, and why censorship is never the answer to dissident speech.
Online payment processors like Venmo and PayPal often deny Americans access to these vital services based on their speech or viewpoints. When these companies appoint themselves the arbiters of what speech and views are acceptable, shutting people and organizations out of the online financial ecosystem for wrongthink, they seriously undermine our culture of free expression.
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