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Greg on the New Government Threat to Campus Free Speech in 'The Daily Caller'
FIRE President Greg Lukianoff has an article in The Daily Caller today discussing how the federal Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' latest guidance for universities, in an April 4 "Dear Colleague" letter, threatens free speech on nearly all of our nation's campuses. As Greg writes, in an effort to crack down on sexual harassment, OCR is giving new teeth to absurdly unconstitutional speech codes that ban things like "innuendo," "flirtation," and "jokes" that any person on campus, no matter how unreasonably, might find offensive.
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Twitter removes ‘Trans Day of Vengeance’ posts in another loss for free expression on the platform
Blanket bans on words and images with no regard to context shuts down conversations about important issues of public concern.
Wayne State professor suspended after provocative Facebook post criticizing shout downs
Wayne State University Professor Steven Shaviro used his personal Facebook account to criticize protestors who shout down speakers with purportedly bigoted views.
A step in the right direction: West Virginia Governor signs ‘New Voices’ bill into law
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed the Student Journalism and Press Freedom Protection Act into law, granting statutory protections to student journalists in public K-12 schools and public institutions of higher education.
Cornell must reject student government’s call for trigger warnings
Cornell University’s student assembly adopted a resolution urging the administration to require faculty to provide content warnings prior to discussing potentially “triggering” material in the classroom.