American higher education holds so much promise because of the freedom it can offer students to research, speak, and protest without institutional or governmental interference. At FIRE, we believe all students studying in the United States — including the roughly one million international students — should know their rights.
So, to complement our Guides to Student Rights on Campus, today we’re proud to release a set of translated, abbreviated guides explaining the basics of free speech and due process rights in Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.
We hope these new translations help international students gain a better understanding of their speech rights while studying in the United States, the First Amendment, the difference between public and private universities’ responsibilities to respect student speech, protest and procedural rights, and what to do if they think that those rights have been violated.
Check out FIRE’s new guides (also available below) and share them with any students, groups, or activists who could benefit from them. And no matter what language you speak, if you believe you have been censored on campus, please contact FIRE!