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FIRE Says It Will Sue Every College With a Speech Code Until Speech Codes Die Forever

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For REASON,  reports: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announced a major litigation effort Tuesday against universities that maintain clearly illegal speech codes.

With help from the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, FIRE is suing several universities that manifestly and unconstitutionally deprive their students of First Amendment rights.

[Below, ReasonTV talks with FIRE about challenges to free speech on college campuses]

“Universities’ stubborn refusal to relinquish their speech codes must not be tolerated,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff during a press conference.

An OU student’s rights organization, OU Students Defending Students, ran afoul of university administrators because he created T-shirts for the organization that featured a risque phrase “We help get you off”

For now, suits have been filed against Ohio University, Iowa State University, Chicago State University, and Citrus College in California. These universities have all trampled students’ free speech rights, according to FIRE.

Lukianoff explained that FIRE would not hesitate to expand the suits until all universities abandon their speech codes, which were ruled unconstitutional decades ago but have endured at more than 50 percent of colleges, according to the foundation’s research…(read moreHit & Run

Reason.com

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One Comment on “FIRE Says It Will Sue Every College With a Speech Code Until Speech Codes Die Forever”

  1. Mike says:

    Reblogged this on This Got My Attention and commented:
    Great report from REASON Magazine. Universities are for grown ups. These speech suppressors need to grow up and accept others’ rights to express themselves. Watch the video.


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