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Doug Lederman at Inside Higher Ed reports today on FIRE’s case at Bowdoin College, where a professor and his research have been investigated after he distributed copies of a research paper that embarrassed the college in front of prospective students. Economics professor Jonathan Goldstein, who has been at Bowdoin for... Read more Read more


The findings from the first-ever rankings of the free speech climates at 55 of America’s largest and most prestigious college campuses. Read more

Recently, government efforts to fight sexual harassment on campus using Title IX have sometimes overstepped the bounds of the law and the Constitution. Read more

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EUGENE, Oregon, August 26, 2014—The University of Oregon (UO) has filed multiple, blatantly unconstitutional conduct charges against a female student who jokingly yelled “I hit it first” from a dormitory window. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. FIRE... Read more Read more

197 U.S. 11 (1905) JACOBSON v. MASSACHUSETTS. No. 70. Supreme Court of United States. Argued December 6, 1904. Decided February 20, 1905. ERROR TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS. *14 Mr. George Fred Williams, with whom Mr. James A. Halloran was on the brief, for plaintiff in... Read more Read more

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“What were the facts in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez? How did the case reach the Supreme Court?” “What did the Supreme Court decide in CLS v. Martinez?” “What does FIRE think of the Court’s decision?” “This is a case about student groups. What does CLS v. Martinez have to... Read more Read more

More colleges and universities are adopting affirmative consent policies to help combat sexual assault. But these policies threaten fundamental fairness. Read more


“I knew FIRE had my back, so to speak, that they were going to defend me right to the bitter end,” he said. Read more


Astonishing video has emerged showing TSU President Austin Lane personally shutting down a speech by Texas state Rep. Briscoe Cain. Read more


Maybe your own university has a secret list of forbidden words you can’t use on its Facebook page too. Read more

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