Vice President of Policy Reform
Azhar Majeed is director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program. A native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, he received a B.A. in political science with a minor in history from the University of Michigan in 2004. He is also a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. As an undergraduate, his academic interests included comparative constitutional law and political philosophy, particularly from the time period of the Enlightenment. During law school, Azhar represented the University of Michigan at the 2006 Tulane International Moot Court competition. Azhar was one of FIRE’s inaugural Robert H. Jackson Legal Fellows and was also a FIRE legal intern in 2005. He currently resides in Chicago, IL, along with his wife. Azhar enjoys playing basketball, going to concerts, and cheering on his beloved Wolverines in any sport (but football and basketball above all).
- “Defying the Constitution: The Rise, Persistence, And Prevalence Of Campus Speech Codes,” Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, November 18, 2009
- “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, May 7, 2009
- “Book-reading IUPUI worker deserved better,” The Indianapolis Star, March 25, 2008
- “Eastern Michigan Stands By Speech Code, Defying Legal Clarity,” July 12, 2012
- “2011 A Year of Big Wins for FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program,” December 23, 2011
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.
FREEDOM OF THE STUDENT PRESS ON UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
This talk discusses the law pertaining to the rights of student journalists and newspapers on university campuses, as well as the ways in which universities frequently violate those rights. It also discusses the importance of the role played by student journalists and the valuable lessons students learn by taking part in campus newspapers.