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Appeals Court Rules University of Michigan’s Bias Response Team Indirectly Chills Speech

"Even if an official lacks actual power to punish," the appeals court argued, "the threat of punishment from a public official who appears to have punitive authority can be enough to produce an objective chill."

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Embroiled in Free Speech Controversy

  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the latest college campus to become embroiled in a free speech controversy. During a […]

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New Survey on Free Expression On College Campuses Reveals Gender, Race, And Religion Divisions

The Knight Foundation released a new report, “Free Expression on College Campuses,” that examines students’ views on topic like hate […]

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First Amendment Watch Co-Sponsors Talk On “Hate Speech on Social Media: Is There a Way to More Civil Discussion?”

The panel will address important issues surrounding online hate speech in the U.S. and other parts of the world that lack First Amendment protections.

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Catherine J. Ross: Trump’s Latest Threat To Free Speech And The Academy

Catherine J. Ross, professor of law at George Washington University Law School, explains the possible issues that could arise if President Trump signs an executive order requiring colleges to support free speech on their campuses in order to receive federal research funds. "Ultimately, the central constitutional risk inherent in Trump’s proposed executive order is all too familiar: it will chill protected speech. What’s more, it will likely violate central tenets of the Speech Clause when enforced," she writes.

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Settlement Reached In UC Berkeley On-Campus Speaker Policy Suit

UC Berkeley and conservative groups Young America’s Foundation and Berkeley College Republicans have reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought […]

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University of Michigan Clarifies Speech Codes On Same Day DOJ Declares Opposition

On June 11, 2018, the Department of Justice filed a “Statement of Interest” in a case between D.C.-based civil rights […]

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Can Universities Charge Security Fees to Campus Groups for Hosting Controversial Speakers?

When University of Washington College Republicans invited conservative activist Joey Gibson to speak on campus, they did not expect to be charged with a $17,000 security fee to ensure that the rally would not get out of hand. The College Republicans sued to proceed with the event which led to clashes, counter protests and several arrests. A letter penned by Professor Eric Schnapper and endorsed by 22 others makes a First Amendment case to protect the right of the College Republicans and other similar groups. University of Washington law professor and Concurring Opinions writer Ronald K.L. Collins states, "the UW Law letter provides an informative guide to much of the existing law concerning free speech rights and security fees. In that regard, it should be useful to college administrators, lawyers representing colleges, lawyers representing students and speakers, and to student organizations in general, among others."

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