Tufts University: Speech Code Controversy
After Tufts University found a student publication guilty of "harassment" for publishing two satirical articles, Tufts began work on a new free speech policy. Unfortunately, the resulting policy, a "Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Inquiry at Tufts University," fails to adequately protect freedom of expression at Tufts and will, in all likelihood, invite more censorship and uncertainty while discouraging robust debate, candor, and dissent. FIRE asked Tufts to revise its policy to truly protect free speech on campus, but it failed to do so. Meanwhile, Tufts remains on FIRE's Red Alert list for being among the "worst of the worst" violators of free speech among all U.S. colleges.
- "Comment from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education on the “Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Inquiry at Tufts University”," October 6, 2008
- "Free Speech at Tufts University "Deja Vu" All Over Again," March 27, 2000: Twelve years after FIRE cofounder Harvey Silverglate helped slay the Tufts speech code, he returns to face the threat of a new code there.
- "Northeastern, Tufts fail free speech exam,"
by Benjamin Bell, Boston Herald, December 30, 2007
- "Administration Deals Blow to Campus Censorship,"
by Peter Brownfeld, FOXNews, August 29, 2003
- "David Limbaugh on Targeting Campus Speech Codes,"
by Michael Nevin, ChronWatch, August 17, 2003
- "Targeting campus speech codes,"
by David Limbaugh, Townhall, August 16, 2003