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Today in FIRE History: A New Strategy of ‘Guides’ to Student Rights on Campus

This very day three years ago, FIRE announced:

[T]he Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) celebrates the formal launch of the FIRE Guides to Student Rights on Campus and of the Guides website: Former Attorney General Edwin Meese and ACLU President Nadine Strossen, among others, will address the significance of the Guides in defeating the assault on student rights at colleges and universities.

In response to great demand from thousands of victims of abuse of power, FIRE implemented its Know Your Rights program to address the urgent need for students and parents to understand the legal and moral status of student rights on our nation's campuses and to understand the means to defend and assert these rights. The Guides will also educate administrators, trustees, and college and university attorneys about their legal obligations both in the private and public university setting.

The press conference was just the beginning. Since then we have completed and published FIRE’s Guide to Religious Liberty on Campus; FIRE’s Guide to Student Fees, Funding, and Legal Equality on Campus; FIRE’s Guide to Due Process and Fair Procedure on Campus; FIRE’s Guide to Free Speech on Campus; and, most recently, FIRE’s Guide to First-Year Orientation and to Thought Reform on Campus.

Since the program’s inception, we have distributed tens thousands of hard copy of the guides, and free downloads of the guides far exceed one hundred thousand. Come see what all the fuss is about!

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