Vice President of Policy Reform
Azhar Majeed is FIRE’s Vice President of Policy Reform. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and also received a B.A. in political science with a minor in history from the University of Michigan in 2004. At FIRE, Azhar works with students, faculty, and administrators to reform their colleges’ speech-related policies, and to improve educational efforts about the First Amendment and free speech principles. Azhar was one of FIRE’s inaugural Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellows and was also a FIRE legal intern in 2005.
- “Defying the Constitution: The Rise, Persistence, And Prevalence Of Campus Speech Codes,” – Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy
- “The Misapplication of Peer Harassment Law on College and University Campuses and the Loss of Student Speech Rights,” – The Journal of College and University Law
- How to Address Campus ‘Bias Incidents’ Without Restricting Free Speech – Huffington Post
- Stephen Colbert’s Joke, the Limitations of Twitter, and Society’s Inability to Understand Satire – Huffington Post
- How College Students Can Promote Campus Policy Change and Free Speech in 2016 – Huffington Post
Free Speech On Campus: Case Law And Principles
This talk is an overview of the case law regarding free speech on university campuses, including Supreme Court precedents spanning decades. It establishes that students have traditionally held robust free speech rights on campus, and that limitations on these rights are to be minimal. It also discusses the challenges students currently face to these principles.
Speech Codes On Campus: A Pernicious Threat
This talk discusses the pervasiveness of campus speech codes, as well as the ways in which they have been applied in FIRE cases involving students and faculty. It also analyzes the many ways in which the continued existence of speech codes threatens students’ rights.
Identifying Speech Codes On Your Campus
This talk analyzes the most common types of speech codes seen on college campuses, including broad harassment policies. It then discusses how students can identify the speech codes on their own campuses and how they can fight against these policies and seek to reform them.