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Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), my alma mater, embarrassed themselves on Sunday night by throwing a Twitter tantrum about the school’s decision to hold classes despite the cold weather. By Monday morning, nearly 2,000 tweets had used the hashtag “#FuckPhyllis,” a reference to UIUC Chancellor Phyllis Wise, who had the thankless task... Read more Read more


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Mark Twain once quipped that we have “three unspeakably precious things” in America: “freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.” After all, expressing oneself can be very dangerous. Sinclair Community College thinks so, anyway. You might recall that the college made headlines last year after police forced... Read more Read more


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Wednesday’s edition of The Red & Black, the student newspaper at the University of Georgia (UGA), has an article on the school’s “yellow light” speech code rating. Based on an interview with Samantha Harris, FIRE’s director of policy research, Dillon Richards’ article explains UGA’s problematic policies, which include a 48-hour waiting period for approval to demonstrate anywhere outside of two... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2013: Rogers State University. The Student Code (PDF) at Oklahoma’s Rogers State University includes a policy on “Campus Expression” that provides, in relevant part: In order to protect the rights of all concerned individuals, any students or student organizations wanting to hold a peaceful protest must register with... Read more Read more