FIRE issues new guide to campus free speech
FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, has issued the second edition of its Guide to Free Speech On Campus. The free guide is available in most formats to college students.
In addition to providing a primer on the basics of free speech, the guide discusses campus speech and harassment codes, free-speech zones, controversial speakers, bullying, faculty speech, fraternities and sororities, and a lot more.
“If students intend to protect their rights, they need to understand the nature of the oppression that others would impose on them,” the guide says. “You should never assume that university officials either know or have considered the law — even if the official in question is a lawyer. In FIRE’s experience, few university lawyers have more than a passing knowledge of the First Amendment.”
The guide then gives us a nod, making us blush:
“Students would be well advised to consult (and well instructed by consulting) the specific and helpfully indexed First Amendment library at www.firstamendmentcenter.org.”
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The First Amendment Center is an educational organization and cannot provide legal advice.
Ken Paulson is president of the First Amendment Center and dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University. He is also the former editor-in-chief of USA Today.
Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute, also is senior vice president of the First Amendment Center, a center of the institute. He is a veteran journalist whose career has included work in newspapers, radio, television and online.
John Seigenthaler founded the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in 1991 with the mission of creating national discussion, dialogue and debate about First Amendment rights and values.
Dr. Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum Institute.. He writes and speaks extensively on religious liberty and religion in American public life.
David L. Hudson Jr. is an expert in First Amendment issues and a regular contributor to the First Amendment Center's website. Hudson teaches law and was a scholar at the First Amendment Center.