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Fire Fallquarterly 2013 Final

Fire Fallquarterly 2013 Final

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2013 STUDENT CONFERENCE AND THE FIRE ESSAY CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT
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FIRETOPPLESSPEECHCODES
 AT THREEUNIVERSITIES
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FIREHELPS
 
REINSTATEPROFESSOR
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UNC TO
SUSPEND
SPEECHCODE
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SEXUALHARRASEMENTPOLICY
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U. OF ALABAMA
THREATENS
PRO-CHOICEGROUP
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FALL 2013
FIRE WINS!
 VICTORIES IN NORTH CAROLIN AND WISCONSIN
 
FALL 2013
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like the College Democrats or College Republi-cans, Students or Liberty or Young Americansor Liberty, pro-lie or pro-choice organizations,or any number o religious or political groups.Work with those organizations toget your message out and resist anyattempts to silence your speech.
GET PASSIONATE:
Freedom o speech is a undamental right. Everypublic college must respect it, andmost private colleges guarantee it aswell. I your college tries to silenceyou, ght back! Don’t simply acceptadministrators’ claims that someideas are too “oensive” or campus.I your speech is oensive, your peers will letyou know. The existence o civil discourse doesnot depend on college administrators being ableto punish you or jokes on Facebook, despitewhat they might like you to believe.Colleges are doing their students no avors byteaching them that they are too weak to livewith ree speech, but the unortunate act is thatmany are set on this line o thinking. However,this presents an opportunity or students whowant to experience what it’s like to work ora cause, to engage in activism, and make a realdierence in their ellow students’ lives. I theculture o campus to change, students have todo their part—and FIRE is here to help makeit happen. Together, we will win the battle orreedom on campus.
Robert Shibley
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t’s all, and with students headed back (oror the rst time) to college, too many will beunwittingly arriving at what some have called“islands o repression in a sea o reedom.” Forthose students unortunate enoughto run aoul o administrators actingas the campus speech and thoughtpolice, the perceived reedom o be-ing on one’s own or the rst timewill come to a sudden and shockingcollision with reality.It could be worse—in act, it has beenworse. Six years ago, 75% o the 400largest and most prestigious collegesin America had speech codes restrict-ing expression that, o campus, would never bepunished. Today, that number is 62%. This is realprogress, and it’s evidence that FIRE’s eorts toconvince universities to abandon illiberal speechcodes are working.But there’s much more to be done. FIRE willcontinue its ght until that number reacheszero. To make that happen, we need the help andawareness o students. I you have children, grand-children, nieces or nephews, or amily riends incollege, give them this list o important tips:
GET INFORMED:
Look up your school’s speechcode on FIRE’s Spotlight database at there.org/spotlight. Learn what speech might get you introuble on your campus. Read FIRE’s
Guides
toStudent Rights on Campus, available at there.org/guides.
GET ACTIVE:
Join FIRE’s Student Networkat there.org/students. Sign up or a group onyour campus that engages in expressive activity,
LETTER FROM
the Senior Vice President 
ROBERT SHIBLEY 
 
FALL 2013
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IRE’s advocacy eorts have been enjoyingsuccess on the state level recently, with impor-tant victories or due process and academic ree-dom achieved in North Carolina and Wisconsin.In August, North Carolina passed a law grantingpublic university students acing non-academicdisciplinary charges the right to an attorney. Thebipartisan law is the rst o its kind nationwide.“Students across America are regularly tried incampus courts or serious oenses like thet,harassment, and even rape. Being labeled a elonand kicked out by your college carries serious,lie-altering consequences. Because the stakesare so high, students should have the benet o an attorney to ensure the hearing is conductedairly and by the rules,” said FIRE Senior VicePresident Robert Shibley.With the passage o this law, students at NorthCarolina’s public colleges are now aorded rightscomparable to those o the state’s K–12 students,who or years have had the right to a lawyer
FIRE WINS LEGISLATIVE VICTORIESIN NORTH CAROLINA, WISCONSIN
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NORTH CAROLINA CAPITOL
“Students across America are regularly tried in campuscourts for serious offenses like theft, harassment, and even rape. Being labeled a felon and kicked out by your college carries serious, life-altering consequences. Because the stakes are so high, students should have thebenefit of an attorney to ensure the hearing is conducted  fairly and by the rules.

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