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FIRE Chalks Up Another Victory for Students’ Free-Speech Rights

May 16, 2005

The State University of New York at Brockport has agreed to repeal its speech code. It is the fourth consecutive victory for a Philadelphia-based group in its campaign against such codes on America's public college and university campuses.

Last June, with help from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), two students in the College Republican Club filed a federal lawsuit alleging that SUNY Brockport's anti-harassment policies violated their free-speech rights. Under Brockport's speech code, examples of harassment included "cartoons that depict religious figures in compromising situations," calling someone an "old bag," and "jokes ... making fun of any protected group... Download file "FIRE Chalks Up Another Victory for Students' Free-Speech Rights"

Schools: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania State University of New York – Brockport Texas Tech University Cases: State University of New York at Brockport: Speech Code Litigation