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This community college apparently doesn’t want students who think for themselves.
Brandon Jenkins was rejected from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in 2013 following an interview for admission in which he was asked, “What is the most important thing to you,” and answered, “My God.” After receiving an email from an administrator explaining that his chosen field—radiation therapy—“is not the place for religion,” Jenkins sued the college in federal court, alleging he was discriminated against based on his viewpoi...
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Are you the creative type? If so, FIRE might have just the job for you—we’re currently hiring for two digital media production positions!
FIRE’s communications department is growing and we are looking for some creative types to help fill it out! We are currently hiring for two digital media positions: We are looking for a Web Production and Marketing Design Associate to manage FIRE’s web presence and produce its print and digital marketing materials. This position will primarily be responsible for updating and maintaining FIRE’s website as well as designing FIRE’s promotional mater...
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This former Occidental student is far from alone in facing a system stacked against those accused of sexual assault.
Last summer, FIRE reported on a stunning case in which Occidental College in California expelled a student—identifying himself only as “John Doe”—for an alleged sexual assault despite significant exculpatory evidence. Many factors contributed to the unfairness of John’s hearing, and Richard Dorment provides a thorough account of the case in an article for Esquire published Wednesday. It is an absolute must-read and highlights a number of problems...
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The President of the University of Mary Washington has unilaterally disbanded the men’s rugby team and ordered its members into sensitivity training over a bawdy song.
Another week, another public university president defying the First Amendment. Declaring that his university (unconstitutionally) prohibits “derogatory statements of any form,” University of Mary Washington (UMW) President Richard Hurley announced last week that the UMW men’s rugby club has been dissolved, and all of its players ordered to attend sensitivity training, because of a few team members’ participation in a bawdy song recorded at a Nove...
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Transparency and academic freedom are both important interests—and the University of Delaware knows it.
The University of Delaware (UD) was one of seven universities to which Arizona Congressman Raul M. Grijalva wrote last month, requesting information about and records relating to researchers who are skeptical about the existence or extent of man-made climate change. Citing concerns about academic freedom, UD acquiesced only to a narrow portion of Grijalva’s request. UD’s caution in light of the profound chilling effect that overly broad records r...
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Several provisions in the proposed state budget could hinder an accused student’s ability to defend himself.
New York’s proposed budget for 2015–16 reportedly contains provisions that should concern due process advocates—namely, the codification of an “affirmative consent” standard for college students engaged in sexual activity and a “Victim and Survivor Bill of Rights” that appears to preclude accused students from being presumed innocent until proven guilty. Brooklyn College professor KC Johnson details several problems with the “Bill of Rights” in a...
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Forcing students to wear a special badge to use a tiny free speech zone? Sounds unconstitutional to us.
LOS ANGELES, March 31, 2015—College student Nicolas Tomas filed a First Amendment lawsuit today against California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, with assistance from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The lawsuit targets university policies that restrict where, when, and how students can exercise their free speech rights. The lawsuit alleges that on February 4, a Cal Poly Pomona police officer stopped Tomas from han...
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“Believing you can conquer racism, bias, and bigotry by rooting out microaggressions and enforcing self-censorship and uptightness is like taking Xanax for syphilis—sure, you'll feel a little better in the short run, but your disease will continue to take its toll.”
Speech policing advocates forget that there is incredible value in knowing what people actually think, unfiltered. Believing you can conquer racism, bias and bigotry by rooting out microaggressions and enforcing self-censorship and uptightness is lik...
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Do America’s colleges and universities suffer from a lack of viewpoint diversity? FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff weighs in on this Fox News special report.
Shannon Bream reports on the lack of viewpoint diversity
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An anonymous online campus reporting system for “microaggressions”? What could possibly go wrong?
Early last week, the Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a resolution to create an anonymous, online system for students to report “microaggressions” on campus. FIRE has closely monitored the bill’s progress, as its language presents obvious problems for freedom of expression at the private New York college. First, the measure resolves to create a “school-wide online system to report microaggressions”—but does not define the term...
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“Question everything.” But don’t post on social media.
Transylvania University, a private institution in Kentucky, was caught backpedaling (ineffectively) last week after it asked students not to remark on a recent BuzzFeed article—a request that plainly contradicts the university’s own slogan, mission statement, and written policies enumerating “Student Rights and Responsibilities.” Last Thursday, BuzzFeed writer Tracy Clayton authored a post titled “A Black Girl’s History With Southern Frat Racism,...
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President Obama’s answer to a question about the SAE fraternity’s racist video may be smart politics, but it wouldn’t score high on a constitutional law exam.
Before President Barack Obama entered politics, he taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, home of one of the nation’s top law schools. When he took the oath of office as President, he appeared to have theoretical knowledge that would help him to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” So it is disheartening that President Obama missed the opportunity to affirm the basic principles of free speech and ...
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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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