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Every year, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), issues its annual Spotlight on Speech Codes report in which we rate the speech codes of more than 400 of the largest and most prestigious colleges and universities in America using a red, yellow, and green light s
However complicated you want to try to make it, the concept of free speech does not contain the right to shut other people up. Unfortunately, there is an entire movement of political activists right now who would not only disagree with my assertion but would seek to keep me from saying...
In June, the US Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Los Angeles Municipal Code. The Court held that, under the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures, "The provision of the Los Angeles Municipal Code that requires hotel operators to make their registries...
The Supreme Court will have to clarify the implications of its Obergefell v. Hodges ruling with respect to the First Amendment
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after learning that the Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy had been spray-painted overnight.
Great outrage has erupted from inside the University of North Carolina system due to the closure of three academic centers by the system's Board of Governors. The local media has published story after story by UNC academics excoriating the Governors for everything from a denial of free speech to...
When Columbia University's Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board complained a few weeks ago that "many texts in the Western canon [contain] triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities," I thought of China, whose education minister vowed to ban...
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after learning that the Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy had been spray-painted overnight.
Great outrage has erupted from inside the University of North Carolina system due to the closure of three academic centers by the system's Board of Governors. The local media has published story after story by UNC academics excoriating the Governors for everything from a denial of free speech to...
When Columbia University's Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board complained a few weeks ago that "many texts in the Western canon [contain] triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities," I thought of China, whose education minister vowed to ban...
Beaufort County NOW may not only be the first of its kind in Beaufort County and northeastern North Carolina, it is probably a member of a rarefied few in the world.
Technological changes have a way of creating new possibilities, but also new problems. Cell phones have evolved to the point where they can be used to make excellent audio and visual reproductions of events. That can be beneficial, as for example when cell phone video can prove whether a person...
Public universities in North Carolina recognize a wide diversity of student groups, including those that have religious or other belief-based missions. This recognition enables student organizations to access university facilities and (sometimes) apply for funding.
There is a growing trend on American college campuses, a trend that augurs badly for free speech and robust debate. I refer to the way various groups of people use expressions of hurt feelings to trump speakers they disagree with. The most recent manifestation of this was at Brandeis University.
In a free society, the right to express one's political views without governmental restraint or reprisal ought to be sacrosanct. Unfortunately, it isn't. Some politicians and political activists seem to believe that, because of a sense of moral superiority, they have the right not just to express...
There is a UNC professor whose controversial opinion articles have gotten the "campus roiling," to use a phrase from The News & Observer's editorialist Jim Jenkins, so much so that "it's clear" they want him gone.
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