FIRE Launches ‘Stand Up For Speech’ Litigation Project to End Speech Codes

By July 3, 2014

By Robert Shibley at National Review Online

For more than two decades, speech codes—policies on college campuses that limit what and where students may engage in free expression—have been a constant problem. First struck down (in the modern era of political correctness, anyway) 25 years ago in the case of Doe v. Michigan, speech codes have nevertheless hung on and miseducated a generation of students about freedom while robbing them of their basic rights. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I work) has spent its 15 years of existence fighting these codes, systematically classifying them, and engaging in public advocacy aimed at convincing colleges to do the right thing and get rid of them. While we’ve been winning, the fight has been slow. That’s why FIRE this week launched the “Stand Up For Speech” Litigation Project, bringing four federal lawsuits in a single day against schools with unconstitutional speech codes. The schools are Iowa StateOhio UniversityChicago State, and Citrus College (Calif.). More lawsuits are planned in the coming weeks and months...

Schools: Ohio University Chicago State University Citrus College Iowa State University