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Duke’s student senate eventually did the right thing — but only after SSI remained unrecognized for months based on the group’s expression. Read more


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Emory charged the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity chapter on Dec. 3 with violating the university housing policy. for hanging a wreath on its front door. Read more


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Georgetown University’s strained relationship with free speech has long been home to one of American academia’s most absurd products of censorship, the pro-choice student group H*yas for Choice. Now Georgetown is back in the news again with the latest chapter in the Chronicles of Making Things Ridiculous Through Censorship. Back in 2010, FIRE wrote Georgetown... Read more Read more


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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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By now, it seems that virtually everyone in America has heard about the theme party held on Martin Luther King Day by members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity at Arizona State University. The situation almost seems as though it was scientifically engineered to garner outrage and go viral. Students dressed in sports attire... Read more Read more


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Last Friday, a student group at the University of Michigan (UM) filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) against the university, claiming that UM violated the First Amendment when it refused to grant the group student fee funding for one of its activities on the basis that it was a “political activity.” The suit is being brought by Alliance... Read more Read more


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In Davidson College student newspaper The Davidsonian, student Max Feinstein recounts how, earlier this fall, he was asked by a college administrator to remove a rainbow flag hanging from his dorm room window, citing a new college policy. After some questions, Feinstein discovered that the policy was unwritten: When I asked about this new policy, I... Read more Read more


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Hampshire College in western Massachusetts raised eyebrows this Halloween when it canceled a campus performance by an Afrobeat band, Shokazoba, after students complained that the band was engaged in hurtful “cultural appropriation” because its members were insufficiently dark-skinned. It so pained me to have to read stories like that in 2013 that I took to the pages of The... Read more Read more


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Last month, the American Association of University Professors drafted a report reaffirming its conclusions from a 2004 report that electronic communications should be governed by the same principles of academic freedom as expression in traditional media. November’s report acknowledges that even in the past nine years, technology has advanced significantly in ways that have “potentially profound implications for both... Read more Read more


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We know a lot of Torch readers were away for the holidays last week, so here are some excellent articles that you might have missed: FIRE President Greg Lukianoff wrote for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s newspaper The Tech to review a series of recent cases in which “the expressive rights of artists were deemed inferior to others’ desire to avoid... Read more Read more



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