FIREing back on UNH

July 31, 2015

By Paul Sand at

To the Editor:

In the wake of the massive unfavorable publicity and ridicule stirred up by the University of New Hampshire’s “Bias-Free Language Guide”, it was good to see UNH’s President Mark Huddleston take a forthright stand in favor of the First Amendment, and make a commitment to “free and unfettered” speech on campus. The bizarre and arrogant guide is now absent from the UNH web server.

I hope President Huddleston follows through on his First Amendment enthusiasm by taking one more step: The Foundation for Individual Rights in education (FIRE) has long classified UNH as a “red light” school, for having “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.” ( That’s at least as embarrassing as the Bias-Free Language Guide.

This shouldn’t be hard to remedy: just in New Hampshire, both Dartmouth and Plymouth State have been granted “green light” ratings by FIRE. UNH should strive for the same.

Paul Sand

Schools: University of New Hampshire