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U. of San Diego Will Not Punish Prof Who Criticized Chinese Government

The University of San Diego (USD) has ended its investigation into a professor who criticized the Chinese government in a blog post. Campus free speech organization FIRE commented: “Although USD’s investigation into Smith should never have begun, FIRE applauds USD for ending the investigation and coming to the correct conclusion: Faculty cannot be punished for protected expression just because some may be offended.”


Free Speech Org FIRE Blasts Syracuse U. with ‘Lifetime Censorship Award’

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has issued Syracuse University a “Lifetime Censorship Award” — a dubious award reserved for colleges that appear so frequently on the organization’s annual “worst list,” that “they deserve special recognition.” FIRE’s criticism of the university is based on its “unashamed assault on expressive freedoms that has continued despite a pandemic, a new chancellor, lawsuits, and countless FIRE letters, blog posts, and press releases.”

Syracuse University

FIRE: 88 Percent of Universities Restrict Free Expression

A new study by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) found that 88 percent of American colleges maintain policies that restrict speech protected under the First Amendment, and that half of top American colleges and universities maintain policies that restrict online expression protected under First Amendment standards.

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