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Violating a professor’s academic freedom is expensive. UCLA’s latest attempt just cost California taxpayers $140,000.
After two and a half years of litigation, Dr. James E. Enstrom, a former Researcher at the UCLA School of Public Health, has obtained a tremendous victory...
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FIRE is indispensable.  It is saving academia from itself.
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Are campus disciplinary hearings going the way of the dodo?
Imagine, for a moment, being accused of a serious offense and then finding out that the detective in charge of investigating your case would also be prosecuting it. Not only that, that same individual would also be deciding whether you are guilty and determining your sentence. You’d probably think that was a bit unfair. Unfortunately, that’s the reality that a growing number of college students face when they are accused of misconduct on campus—a...
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The new Marquette boss is definitely not the same as the old boss—at least with respect to academic freedom.
Over recent weeks, my colleague Peter Bonilla has treated Torch readers to a series of articles on the case of Marquette University professor John McAdams, who faces losing tenure for criticizing graduate instructor Cheryl Abbate’s direction to a student not to voice his opposition to same-sex marriage in class because it might offend his classmates. Peter’s three-part series explored Marquette’s disregard for due process and its subversion of ba...
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Taking passages from the AAUP’s ‘On Freedom of Expression and Campus Speech Codes’ out of context won’t win you this debate, Marquette.
In two previous Torch entries on Professor John McAdams’s fight to keep his tenure at Marquette University, I’ve focused on Marquette’s abuses of McAdams’s due process rights and the subversions of basic free speech principles it has used first to justify his suspension, and then to justify its aim of revoking his tenure. In this third and final entry McAdams’s case, my focus is on perhaps the most outrageous and dangerous argument Marquette has ...
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This is one of the most important academic struggles of our time.  Marquette's actions have been deplorable.
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Students at Carlow University expressed themselves on a “free speech wall” this week, and Carlow administrators agreed it was a great fit for the school’s core values of critical thinking and the pursuit of truth in learning.
A student group at Carlow University recently erected on campus a large outdoor poster-board, and on its otherwise blank surface, invited passersby to answer a question posed in blue marker:  “What is free speech?” For 10 days now, answers have been filling up the board, both weighty and whimsical, as students and others stop long enough to get whatever is on their mind off their chest and onto what the group has dubbed “Free Speech Wall.” Though...
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What utter nonsense in the age of the internet.
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Justin Dillon and Matthew Kaiser criticize what they call “the Javert model.”
FIRE Legal Network members and attorneys Matthew G. Kaiser and Justin Dillon have seen firsthand how colleges and universities mishandle allegations of sexual assault, having defended students accused of sexual assault in campus disciplinary hearings. Kaiser and Dillon focused on the University of Pennsylvania’s new sexual misconduct policies in an op-ed for The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Philly.com yesterday, echoing the concerns of 16 Penn Law fac...
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Welcome to FIRE’s Board of Directors, Nicholas Rosenkranz. We are thrilled to have you!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Professor Nicholas Rosenkranz to FIRE’s esteemed Board of Directors. Professor Rosenkranz is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University, a member of the Federalist Society Board of Directors, and a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. He recently published a short piece in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy about the lack of “Intellectual Diversity in the Legal Academy.”...
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Dixie State will have to answer for its censorship in court.
ST. GEORGE, Utah, March 4, 2015—Students filed a First Amendment lawsuit today against Utah’s Dixie State University, with assistance from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The lawsuit challenges numerous unconstitutional restrictions that Dixie State, a repeat offender against freedom of speech, has placed on the First Amendment rights of Dixie State students. The lawsuit alleges that Dixie State refused to approve promot...
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Join Megan McArdle and FIRE President Greg Lukianoff on Capitol Hill next Tuesday to celebrate FIRE’s new ‘Guide to Due Process.’
Please join FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff, along with author and Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle, at The 201 Bar on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 10 to celebrate the release of the newest edition of FIRE’s Guide to Due Process and Campus Justice. Drink tickets and appetizers will be provided, as well as free copies of the new Guide. Originally published in 2003 as the Guide to Due Process and Fair Procedure on Campus, this newly u...
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FIRE has earned the highest possible, four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator.
FIRE is excited to announce that we have been awarded a four-star rating from Charity Navigator—the highest possible! Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, awards this coveted rating to only a portion of the thousands of charities it evaluates. By designating FIRE as a four-star charity, Charity Navigator recognizes that FIRE “consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities i...
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Check out FIRE’s initial analysis of the 2015 version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, introduced in Congress yesterday.
Last year, FIRE commented on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), the bill spearheaded by Senators Claire McCaskill, Kirsten Gillibrand, Dean Heller, and Marco Rubio to address sexual assaults on college campuses. Yesterday, the senators introduced an updated version of the bill. Like the original CASA, this new version contains some provisions that FIRE can support and some provisions that FIRE cannot support. On the positive side of...
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Freedom of speech is “permitting others to say what you think is unsayable,” argues Salman Rushdie.
Acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie spoke to students at Emory University last week about what it means to defend freedom of speech and why students must vigilantly do so. Though his plea was well-argued and powerful, it didn’t reach all Emory community members—particularly not whoever destroyed a display set up by student group Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP) Sunday night and Monday morning. In his final lecture as University Distingu...
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The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE's core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.

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