FIRE issues new guide to campus free speech

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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”

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