With the new academic year almost here, we at FIRE want to make sure college students, faculty, and administrators know exactly where to find all the resources they need to make sure free speech, due process, and other individual rights are protected on their campuses.
Torch readers already know they can find the speech codes of over 400 institutions of higher education in FIRE’s Spotlight database, and those new to the database can start by reading about how our ratings system works. If you can’t find your college or university in Spotlight or if you have any questions about your school’s policies, you can submit a speech code information request for more help. If you have your school’s policies in front of you but you’re not sure what to look for, check out our handbook on Correcting Common Mistakes in Campus Speech Policies.
In addition, our Guides to Student Rights on Campus are the best tools for those interested in learning more about defending freedom of speech, due process, legal equality, religious liberty, and freedom of conscience. You can access our Guidesonline or you can order hard copies from our website—for free!
There’s even more under the “Resources” tab, so be sure to explore your options. Whether you’re a student, faculty member, or alum, make you are signed up for the FIRE Student Network. It’s a great way to stay in touch, up-to-date, and well-resourced. Most importantly, let us know if you believe your rights are being violated through our case submission page. And if you want to help reform your college’s speech codes, don’t hesitate to get in touch—we love to work with institutions to be proactive in protecting student and faculty rights, and we’re happy to help administrators craft policies that will make their institutions true “marketplaces of ideas.”
Check out FIRE’s website for a wide variety of First Amendment educational resources.