First Amendment Issues

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Classroom Cell Phone Recordings: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Jun 11, 2014 by George Leef |

Should colleges allow students to use cell phones to record lectures?

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Sexual Assault on College Campuses: A Compendium of Key Sources

Jun 06, 2014 by Glenn Ricketts |

A list of statutes, documents, agencies and organizations for quick reference.

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DOE’s Sexual Harassment Guidelines Not a “Blueprint” for All Colleges

Nov 22, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

A letter from the new head of the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights indicates that the Office may be moving away from its earlier unconstitutional policies on university discipline for sexual harassment.

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Watch Out: Feds Act to Make College Campuses Safer

Jul 26, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

Do we need a new federal agency to make college campuses safer?

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Sexuality and Freedom of Speech: Criticism of OCR Continues

Jun 17, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

OCR continues to get its lumps from all quarters.

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FIRE President Details Chilling New Federal Campus Speech Codes

May 17, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

Greg Lukianoff describes the numbing censorship imposed by the new federal guidelines.

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FIRE Press Release Scores Federal Speech Code Standards

May 10, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

The Department of Justice embraces OCR's censorious harassment code.

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Let’s Talk About Free Speech on Campus

Apr 25, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

FIRE's Greg Lukianoff and Bob Shibley urge us to defend freedom of speech on college campuses, where it' s very much endangered.

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Eastern Michigan University Settles with Expelled Counseling Student Julea Ward

Dec 12, 2012 by Ashley Thorne |

Eastern Michigan University will pay $75,000 to settle a suit brought by Julea Ward, a counseling student the university expelled because of her beliefs about homosexuality.

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Gay Marriage and the Long Arm of Academic “Tolerance”

Oct 11, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

"Tolerance" follows you everywhere, even to church.

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FIRE President Scores Suppression of Free Speech at Auburn

Sep 24, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

Auburn suppresses free speech but there's no outrage.  Greg Lukianoff is dismayed.

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Ward Churchill: Still Fired

Sep 13, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

The sacked former ethnic studies professor loses another round.

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One Year Later:  OCR Stonewalls Objections to New Harassment Guidelines

Apr 04, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

Despite strong protests from NAS, FIRE and the AAUP,  OCR says nothing about its new harassment requirements

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FIRE Lists Rogues’ Gallery of Free Speech Offenders

Mar 28, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

FIRE presents its list of the 12 most repressive campuses for freedom of speech.

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FIRE Notes NJ Anti-Bullying Law Endangers Free Speech On Campus

Feb 01, 2012 by Glenn Ricketts |

No one should tolerate genuine bullying, but the sensitive enforcers of ambiguous anti-harassment laws often overstep their bounds.

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