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Will Creeley
Will Creeley is the Director of Legal and Public Advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). A graduate of New York University School of Law, Will has coauthored amicus curiae briefs submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. William has spoken to students, faculty, and administrators at events across the country and online, has led FIRE’s Continuing Legal Education programs, and has appeared on radio and national television on behalf of FIRE. Will's writing has appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jurist, Inside Higher Ed, Daily Journal, the Charleston Law Review, the Providence Journal, The Boston Phoenix, Free Inquiry, The Legal Satyricon, and other publications. William is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and the First Amendment Lawyers Association.

Entries by Will Creeley

Lawsuits Necessary to Protect Campus Speech

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 2:07 PM

For public colleges and universities, First Amendment compliance isn't optional. It's a binding legal obligation. And when legal obligations are ignored, lawsuits are necessary--a lesson ten institutions learned the hard way this past year.

Far too many of our nation's public institutions still impose flatly unconstitutional restrictions on student and...

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Vague Professional Codes Threaten Student Speech Rights

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:35 PM

As 2015 arrives, students nationwide should beware a new threat to the First Amendment on campus: the use of vague, broad "professional codes" to punish student speech. A pair of First Amendment challenges brought by students punished for violating professional standards are currently before federal appellate courts, with important decisions...

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Professors' Rights to Free Speech at Risk Nationwide

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 10:19 AM

The University of Illinois' controversial decision to rescind its offer of employment to Professor Steven Salaita in reaction to his Twitter commentary about Israel continues to generate headlines. Last Monday, Salaita filed suit against the university, alleging that it violated a state open records law by failing to...

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Why the University of Kansas Was Wrong to Suspend Tweeting Professor

(7) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 3:18 PM

After the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shootings last week, Professor David Guth of the University of Kansas (KU) sparked national controversy by tweeting the following: "#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn...

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From Lolita to Louis CK, Feds Ban Sex Speech on Campus

(5) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 6:04 PM


Salt-n-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex." Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Allen Ginsberg's "Howl." Louis CK's latest special. Ciara and Future's new single.

What do they have in common? Under a shockingly broad...

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Harvard -- or Big Brother? Secret Email Search Provokes Outrage

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 3:34 PM


Harvard University has been plunged into controversy following a Boston Globe report from this weekend revealing that university administrators covertly accessed and searched the email...

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Censorship 1, Fun 0: U of Alabama Frosh Ticketed for Harlem Shake Video Shoot

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:14 PM

The Crimson Tide was ready to Harlem Shake -- but then the police showed up and shut down a student's music video.

Yesterday afternoon, University of Alabama freshman Nojan Radfar learned a hard and fast lesson about the absurdity of campus censorship. Like countless others across the...

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Why Banning Offensive Speech on Campus Fails (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 1:49 PM

A few weeks back, I wrote about a journalism student at a public college in New York who was suspended for sending an email that offended hockey coaches. Unsurprisingly, most HuffPost readers found the situation outrageous -- because under the First Amendment, it takes more than mere offense...

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Journalism Student Suspended for Offending Hockey Coaches

(36) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:06 AM


Like any journalism major worth his or her notepad, Alex Myers, an Australian exchange student studying at the State University of New York College at Oswego (SUNY Oswego), was just...

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Hey, Colleges: Stop Censoring Political Speech!

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 7:25 PM



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Students: Know Your Rights! Download Our New Free Speech Guide

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 4:10 PM


One of the absolute best parts of my job is having the opportunity to talk about the First Amendment and free speech to students, faculty members, and university administrators across the country. To me, there's nothing more satisfying than educating folks about the importance...

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Victory for Student Rights: Federal Court Strikes Down University of Cincinnati's Tiny Free Speech Zone

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 5:22 PM

One thing's for sure: The University of Cincinnati can't say it never saw this week's big courtroom win for student speech rights coming.

That's because back in March, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education , published a list of the 12 worst...

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