First Amendment

Richard Corcoran, Florida New College president and DeSantis ally, debates DEI

Corcoran clashed with the Education Trust's Ameshia Cross. Both warned that their opponent's plans for DEI would cultivate discrimination on campus.

Colleges, universities feature prominently in the top 10 worst censors of 2024

In six of the 10 spots, at least one college or university was flagged for chilling faculty speech, impeding the rights of LGBTQ+ persons and a slew of other aggressions, in FIRE's latest "10 Worst Censors" list.

To what extent is this chancellor’s First Amendment rights protected? Experts weigh in

Former University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow has been let go of his duties as chancellors after the academic community discovered pornographic content online featuring him and his wife. Gow and his wife accuse the university of violating his free speech.

UPenn leadership destabilized after president, board chair resign

President Liz Magill faced mounting external pressure to step down due to her failure to convincingly denounce antisemitism before Congress last week.

Why these school leaders are clashing with students’ free speech judgment

Boston University students exercised their right to free speech to shout "obscenities" at a commencement event that would have been "the precursor to a fistfight" back in President Robert A. Brown's youth, according to a statement.

Speech-related punishment against scholars in last 3 years nearly equals last 20

Political, race-related and gender-related expression surrounding major national headlines has catalyzed a surge of sanction attempts from 2016 onward. Almost two-thirds of sanction attempts resulted in sanction, including 225 terminations.

These states are taking steps to replace unruly hecklers on campus with constructive civil discourse

Political polarization recently led to a fiasco at Stanford University and to one Wayne State University professor getting arrested. Here are three states implementing programs that aim to champion civil discourse so voices can be heard, not silenced.

The new Red Scare: Faculty is likely to censor speech more than ever

FIRE's recent report of almost 1,500 discovers faculty are more likely to self-censor their academic publications more than social scientists feared writing something controversial in the 1950s.

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