FIRE analyzes disciplinary procedures at 53 top-ranked institutions nationwide according to U.S. News & World Report’s National University Rankings and rates them based on 10 fundamental elements of due process.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of students studying abroad must carefully consider the possibility that their destination country could operate under very different rules regarding freedom of expression.
The 2021 College Free Speech Rankings are based on the voices of over 37,000 currently enrolled students at over 150 colleges in the first-ever comprehensive student assessment of free speech on American college campuses.
The current research reveals that since 2015 targeting incidents are on the rise and are increasingly coming from within academia itself — from other scholars and especially from undergraduate students.
Over the past seven years, 537 incidents targeting a scholar for some form of professional sanction over constitutionally protected speech have occurred in higher education, and almost two-thirds of these targeting incidents have resulted in a sanction.
During the first half of 2021, FIRE coordinated aggressive and creative campaigns aimed at combating major threats to campus rights. FIRE secured 51 victories affecting more than 1.1 million college students.