As confidence in higher education reaches historic lows and colleges struggle to respond to contentious social and political issues, now is the time to demand college presidents and trustees re-establish their institutions as communities devoted to the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge.
Join us in reminding college presidents at Stanford, Yale, Cornell and Columbia that the solution to the current conflict is not to censor more speech — it's to eliminate speech codes and consistently defend expressive rights for all.
According to FIRE’s 2024 College Free Speech Rankings, Harvard University ranked dead last at 248 out of 248 institutions. Students reported their discomfort expressing ideas, lack of confidence in the administration’s support for speech, and acceptance of students shouting down speakers.
After students painted different slogans about the Israel-Hamas war on the rocks, UT Dallas announced that the rocks would be removed because, the school claimed, political messages were inconsistent with the rocks’ original purpose. But since UT Dallas has continuously allowed the rocks to be used for political expression, it cannot now limit that speech or cut it off entirely because it does not like the views expressed.
The University of Southern California is investigating a professor for expressing his views about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Tell USC to cease its investigation and confirm that it will not pursue disciplinary sanctions against him.
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