There is a moral crisis in American higher education. Our students are punished for what they say, what they write, and even what they think. Administrators create and enforce speech codes, under various euphemistic names, to outlaw expression that does not conform to reigning campus orthodoxies. In practice, these codes rely on a double standard that strikes at the heart of legal and moral equality.
This spring, FIRE is launching speechcodes.org, a systematic challenge to the injustice of speech codes. This website will catalog restrictions on speech at America’s college and university campuses. FIRE intends to make it possible for students, faculty, members of the media, and the general public all to see, understand, and end the betrayal of liberty that continues in higher education.
Below are two recent articles about FIRE’s groundbreaking work.