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Proponents of the “yes means yes” standard still have remarkably different ideas about what exactly it means.
On May 19, Connecticut’s state Senate passed an “affirmative consent” bill, which would require public and private colleges and universities to use an “affirmative consent” standard in determining whether a sexual encounter is consensual. Statements from one of the bill’s co-sponsors suggest, though, that she doesn’t quite have a handle on how the standard would be implemented on campus or on the serious jeopardy the standard poses to the fundame...
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Missed the big speech? No problem!
On Tuesday, FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice about the state of free speech on America’s public college campuses. If you weren’t able to make it or tune in, FIRE has several ways you can get caught up. First, you can check out Greg’s Huffington Post article on his testimony to read his speech and take a look at the slides he used in his pres...
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A West Virginia court protects faculty records from FOIA fishing expedition.
Last month, West Virginia’s highest court joined several other state courts in striking a fair balance between the disclosure of public documents and protecting free academic discourse. On May 21, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia held that West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVU) was not required to release a professor’s documents, emails, and other communications related to the “planning, preparation and editing necessary t...
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“I refuse to believe that students get to dictate what professors can or can’t write about … .”
There are far too many true stories of universities investigating, punishing, or censoring discussions on matters of public concern. But among them, the ordeal that Northwestern University professor Laura Kipnis has endured because of an article she wrote about sex-related issues on campus stands as one of the most ironic and perplexing. She shares all the absurd details in an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education today, and it is a must-...
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Please join FIRE in welcoming Lindsie Trego as a 2015 FIRE Legal Intern!
Torch readers may have noticed some new bylines on our posts recently—that’s because our 2015 summer legal interns are here! Lindsie Trego and Zach Greenberg will be working with us for the summer, and we’re proud to have them on board. Lindsie is a rising second-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is pursuing a dual J.D. and master’s degree in mass communication with a focus on First Amendment law. She spen...
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FIRE is thrilled to welcome Chris Maltby to our staff as our new Production and Design Manager!
FIRE is excited to introduce Chris Maltby, our new Production and Design Manager. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for building and managing FIRE’s in-house video production department. Chris is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. He started his video career interning with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union’s communications department. From there, Chris went on to coordinate parts...
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This victory for a pro-life group is a win for all students at Boise State.
Last June, student group Abolitionists4Life filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Boise State University for restricting members’ flyer distribution to one of eight “speech zones” that total less than 1 percent of the Boise State campus and for demanding that the group provide warning signs around their displays because they were “controversial.” Aided by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the group argued that it was targeted because of its vie...
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“You’ve got to separate your own personal opinions from the principles of freedom of speech and civil liberties.”
Meet Jason Willick, a former FIRE summer intern and student at Stanford University. Jason writes for Stanford’s student newspaper, The Stanford Daily, and serves as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Political Journal. In this video, Jason describes what it means to believe in and support freedom of speech, and he shares his experiences with censorship on campus. Like any true free speech advocate, Jason doesn’t hesitate to defend the rights of thos...
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George Washington University finally realized that talking about the swastika’s history is no reason to kick a student off campus.
A Jewish student charged with five disciplinary violations and placed on interim suspension by The George Washington University (GWU) for attempting to start a dialogue about the historical pre-Nazi use of the swastika has been allowed to return to campus and his studies. The reversal comes in the wake of criticism from FIRE, the Hindu American Foundation, and the student’s attorneys. As FIRE detailed in our April 28 press release, the student ha...
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Meet Zach, one of FIRE’s summer legal interns!
FIRE is glad to have Zachary Greenberg with us this summer as a 2015 legal intern, along with Lindsie Trego, whom we introduced yesterday here on The Torch. Zach is a rising third-year student at Syracuse University College of Law. At law school, he enjoys oral argument and appellate work, having won the Mackenzie Hughes appellate advocacy competition and made the National Appellate Team. He is also a member of the Free Speech Working Group taske...
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Youngstown State admins and students support free speech, but…
Last month, flyers advertising “Straight Pride Week” were posted at Youngstown State University (YSU) in Ohio, asking students to celebrate thusly: “Just … go about your day without telling everyone about how ‘different’ you are.” Reporting at the time indicated that the Student Government Association got in touch with administrators in order to receive permission to take the posters down, but email correspondence recently obtained through a publ...
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Dickinson’s commencement speaker urges graduates to preserve freedom of expression by protecting offensive speech.
While commencement speakers across the nation share their wisdom and advice with their audiences, one speaker at Dickinson College chose to deliver a very specific charge this year: Protect free speech. Ian McEwan, an award-winning English novelist, urged Dickinson graduates to uphold freedom of expression, which “sustains all the other freedoms we enjoy.” He invited the graduates to join noted free speech advocates ranging back to John Milton by...
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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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