Liberty on Campus in 2007: FIRE’s Year in Review
December 28, 2007
- Dismantling thought reform programs at the University of Delaware and Michigan State University, which imposed mandatory ideological reeducation on students whose speech or behavior was deemed unacceptable by university standards;
- Ending Brown University’s semester-long suspension of an evangelical student group, which was imposed on dubious grounds and without any explanation from Brown;
- Defeating the University of Rhode Island’s attempt to force the College Republicans to apologize for a satirical white, heterosexual, American male “scholarship” or face derecognition by the university;
- Working with student activists to persuade Colorado State University to completely revise three formerly unconstitutional speech codes;
- Pressuring Gettysburg College to amend a draconian sexual misconduct policy that failed to distinguish between an innocent, spontaneous hug and forcible rape;
- Vindicating the right to free expression of the College Republicans at San Francisco State University, who faced discipline for stepping on makeshift Hamas and Hezbollah flags at an anti-terrorism rally.
- Launching FIRE’s Red Alert List, a list of campuses that pose an ongoing and serious threat to the rights of current and future students and faculty and represent the ‘worst of the worst’ when it comes to liberty on campus;
- Expanding the Campus Freedom Network, including a completely redesigned website set to launch in January 2008 with updated multimedia and interactive content;
- Issuing our second report on speech codes, Spotlight on Speech Codes 2007: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses, which revealed that 75 percent of universities surveyed maintain policies prohibiting protected speech.