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Defending First Amendment rights at public colleges


America’s public colleges are required to respect student and faculty First Amendment rights — but you wouldn’t know it by looking at their speech codes.

FIRE examined the written policies of more than 450 colleges nationwide and found that one-third of those schools, including 26 percent of public colleges, maintain speech codes that clearly and substantially restrict expression protected by the First Amendment. Most others maintain policies that could too easily be used to suppress protected speech.

FIRE confronts schools that muzzle expression, litigates on students’ behalf and works to ensure they can pursue higher education — without forfeiting their rights.

Greg Lukianoff, President and CEO, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

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