Kentucky College Gets ‘Green Light’ for First Amendment Freedoms

May 5, 2014

By Bob Kelllogg at OneNewsNow

A college in Kentucky has earned a choice designation from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or F.I.R.E., earning itself a “green light” rating.

F.I.R.E. spokesman Azhar Majeed says Georgetown College is being recognized for protecting students’ First Amendment rights.

He credits Michael Brown, director of Student Orientation and Accountability, who heard of F.I.R.E.’s work and pursued the “green light” rating for the school.

Georgetown is a private Baptist college located in Georgetown, Kentucky, near Lexington.

Brown was very “pro-active and enthusiastic” about wanting Georgetown to be the exception to the vast majority of schools that restrict student free speech, says Majeed.

Georgetown is one of only 18 “green light” schools in the entire country, Majeed tells OneNewsNow.

Approximately 400 colleges and universities are rated on the F.I.R.E. website based on school policies that allow or restrict students’ free speech rights. The organization uses student handbooks, and their restrictions, to evaluate students’ rights on campus.

F.I.R.E. is a nonprofit educational foundation that devoted to individual rights and freedom of expression on campuses across the country. It is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.