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The top 12 worst colleges for free speech

By March 28, 2012

Who doesn't love a good awards show? The gowns, the acceptance speeches, the brutal infringements of civil liberties ... the excitement just never ends.

Once again, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I work), has sorted through the hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation that severely restrict the First Amendment rights of their students, and is ready to present a "dirty dozen" of colleges that have attacked freedom of speech with such zeal that we cannot help but (dis)honor them. While it was difficult to choose from such a wide talent pool, certain schools took our breath away with their dazzling performances. So here, in no particular order, are the winners of this year's  Schools: Syracuse University Harvard University St. Augustine’s University Widener University School of Law Johns Hopkins University Bucknell University Brandeis University University of Cincinnati Michigan State University Tufts University Yale University Colorado College