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Unlearning Liberty: Hazelwood at 25

David Moshman | Posted 03.08.2013 | College
David Moshman

After 1988, as I anticipated, the news just kept getting worse. Although Hazelwood involved censorship of high school student journalists, the decision has been applied to a broad range of curricular contexts, to teachers as well as students, and to higher education.

Diverse Coalition Urges Department of Education to Protect Freedom of Speech on Campus

Adam Kissel | Posted 03.07.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

Colleges are all over the map when they try to come up with their own definitions of sexual harassment. Our research has found hundreds of distinct formulations and examples, a large number of which are unconstitutional.

To Survive, Fraternities Need to Stand for Something, Anything

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.05.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

A lot of fraternities seem to know that their freedom of association is protected by the First Amendment. What fraternities often do not know, however, is that there are several different kinds of freedom of association.

The Department of Education, Yale, And the New Threat to Free Speech on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.15.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Since the 1980s, harassment policies have been the main vehicle for campus speech codes -- that is, collegiate policies that restrict speech protected by the First Amendment.

The Seven Best Colleges For Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 07.23.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

It is crucial to give credit where credit is due for colleges that uphold freedom of speech, so here is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's list.

Formidable Coalition Joins Fight for Student Rights

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.05.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Hayden Barnes, a former student at Georgia's Valdosta State University (VSU) was kicked out of his college for protesting. This case is easily among the worst I've ever seen.

Syracuse University Places a High Value on Free Speech

Eric F. Spina | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Eric F. Spina

In October, our Law School received complaints from a number of students alleging that another student had violated the College's code of conduct by posting false comments about them on a public website.

The 12 Worst Colleges For Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

U.S. News can tell you which colleges and universities are ranked the "best," but what about your right to express yourself on campus?

Wendy Kaminer, "Hate Speech," and Campus Censorship

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Check out Wendy Kaminer's great column, "Debating Hate Speech," over at The Atlantic: Last week I engaged in an online Intelligence Squared debate abo...

Nietzsche, Buddhism, and Burning College Newspapers: My Interview with spiked

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Last week I sat down for an interview in my backyard in Brooklyn with Brendan O'Neill, editor of the British online magazine spiked. Brendan has been ...

Muzzle Tov, Southwestern College & Your 'Free Speech Patio'!

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Congratulations to the administration, and President Raj K. Chopra, of Southwestern College (SWC) in Southern California for being awarded a 2010 Jefferson Muzzle Award for achievement in censorship!

Is College Censorship Destroying Our Society's "Sophistication Machine"?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

I firmly believe that if more people knew how common violations of free speech, due process, and other basic rights are on campus, the public will to end those abuses would be virtually unstoppable.

My Article 'PC Never Died' in Reason Magazine

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

The perception that free speech on campus is primarily a conservative issue ultimately enables campus censors. Besides, free speech zones disproportionately affect left-wing protests.

Censored Images of Muhammad Finally Printed in New Book

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

My organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), is proud to join a broad coalition criticizing Yale University's decision to censor the Muhammad cartoons from a book about the cartoons.

Porno Teaches Maryland a Valuable Lesson

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Passing a law singling out college students is not just a waste of legislative time but also fails to recognize that colleges are places where it can be part of someone's job to study "offensive" material.

Michigan State University: Serious Student Complaints = Spam

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

We all hate spam, but censors, especially ones on college campuses, are remarkably good at bundling protected speech with speech that does not enjoy constitutional protection.

Brandeis University Called Out for Free Speech Abuses in Its Student Newspaper

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

The Hindley case, the university's bungled decision to close down the Rose Art Museum, and various other abuses of student and faculty rights have continued to embarrass Brandeis University.

Free-Speech Organization Launches Ad Campaign Warning Colleges That Violate Students' Rights

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

The ad focuses on the almost unbelievable tale of Keith John Sampson, a student at a college in Indiana who was punished simply for sitting at a table and quietly reading a book.

Dave Barry on Campus Free Speech (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

In the video, Dave discusses the importance of freedom of expression, the state of free speech on college campuses, and the culture of censorship.

Washington Post: Stanford Ed School Hounds Blogger

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Let's hope that colleges around the country get the message that debate, dissent, disagreement, and even unflattering blog posts are signs of a healthy educational landscape, not an infirm one.

UC Santa Barbara Ends Investigation of Professor for Anti-Israel E-mail

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Since late April I have been following the case of Professor William I. Robinson at UCSB, who became the subject of an official university investigati...

The Campus Culture Wars in Two Videos

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

In fighting free speech battles on campus, I have been caught up on the front lines of our country's bizarre and cantankerous culture wars.

Oklahoma Legislature Investigates Richard Dawkins' Free Speech

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

Well, it's official: Oklahoma's state legislature is investigating the University of Oklahoma for hosting a speech by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins.

MSU Student Cleared of Charges, but Overzealous Spam Ban Remains

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

Many MSU decision-makers don't have a clear idea of the distinction between the use of university or departmental listservs and the general use of university e-mail accounts.

Thirteen Civil Liberties Organizations Unite to Fight Michigan State U on 'Spam' Conviction

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

MSU's arbitrary limit on the number of people students can contact via e-mail about an issue of public concern... is a serious threat to student and citizen activism.