Legislative Policy Reform
Defending Your Rights
FIRE works closely with lawmakers across the country and political spectrum to protect civil liberties. Our Legislative Policy Reform team supports FIRE’s mission on both a state and federal level by advocating on behalf of rights-protective legislation and against proposed laws that threaten student and faculty rights. The project has numerous priorities, including the defense of the due process protections afforded by the current Title IX regulations governing procedures for campus sexual misconduct. It also focuses on passing legislation that defines a national standard for student-on-student harassment, bans “free speech zones” from public college campuses, protects academic freedom, and more.
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Free Speech and Due Process Are Cornerstones of Our Democracy
FIRE promotes legislation and policy that protects our right to freedom of speech and due process, while combating measures that would restrict the exercise of those crucial rights.
Proposed Changes to Title IX
On June 23, 2022, the Department of Education released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would revise Title IX regulations. The revision threatens student free speech and due process rights. FIRE urges the Department of Education to revise its proposal to respect student rights, and we will consider all our options to preserve those rights — up to and including legal action.
Are Free Speech and Due Process Protected on Your Campus?
FIRE promotes legislation that protects student and faculty rights to freedom of speech and due process. Is your campus protected?
Enacted Campus Free Speech Statutes
Enacted Campus Due Process Statutes
FIRE stands ready to help legislators secure legislative victories for student and faculty rights.
FIRE’s comment to Department of Education: Your proposed Title IX regulations are unconstitutional
South Dakota bans campus ‘free speech zones’
Florida becomes ninth state to ban restrictive campus free speech zones
Comprehensive campus free speech bill becomes law in Tennessee
Colorado passes bipartisan bill to strike down speech restrictions on campus
U.S. Department of Education enacts new Title IX regulations requiring procedural safeguards in campus disciplinary hearings, adopts Supreme Court sexual harassment definition
FIRE submits comment to Department of Education on proposed Title IX regulations
Mountain of evidence shows the Department of Education’s prior approach to campus sexual assault was ‘widely criticized’ and ‘failing’
Dear Colleague: It’s over! Education Department rescinds controversial 2011 letter
With New Law, North Dakota Guarantees College Students’ Right to Attorney
North Carolina Becomes First State to Guarantee College Students’ Right to Attorney
Nationwide: “All-comers” Policies Jeopardize Free Association
Kentucky’s controversial ‘Charlie Brown’ bill has two provisions worth celebrating
Kansas Governor Signs Bill Protecting Students’ Religious Liberty
North Carolina Governor Signs Bill Protecting Religious and Political Groups on Campus
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