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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

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In June, a student yelled "I hit it first" out of a dorm window. She's now being charged with five conduct violations. Read more


The University of Delaware has released the results of three of the questions on a survey about this year’s Residence Life program. Regular Torch readers will remember that last year’s program, before it was suspended, involved major violations of students’ rights to privacy, freedom of conscience, and freedom of speech.... Read more Read more


On Christmas Eve, Drexel University Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher posted a satirical tweet, which read: “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.” On Christmas Day, Ciccariello-Maher posted a follow-up tweet: “To clarify: when the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that was a good thing indeed.” Ciccariello-Maher has... 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


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

A survey conducted by FIRE and YouGov analyzed 2,225 college students’ attitudes toward expression, association on campus, and civil rights and liberties. 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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