ON-Lion Letter

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Philadelphia has published its most-recent annual report that condenses the considerable research in its Spotlight on Speech Codes Database into an accessible picture of the state of free speech, free expression, and freedom of conscience on our nation's campuses.  The report surveys speech codes at 437 of the largest and most-prestigious American colleges and universities, providing readers with key data on individual schools, national trends, and regional ratings.

FIRE’s newest speech code report, Spotlight on Speech Codes 2015:  The State of Free Speech on Our Nation's Campuses, reveals that just more than 55% of the analyzed colleges and universities maintain policies that seriously infringe upon the free-speech rights of students.  For the seventh consecutive year, however, this percentage has dropped.

Specifically, of the 437 reviewed schools, 241 (55.2%) received a "red-light" rating, 171 (39.1%) received a "yellow light," and 18 (4.1%) received a "green light."  The University of Wisconsin-Madison received a "yellow light."

The FIRE report also discusses the confusing messages coming from the federal government about the relationship between harassment and free speech, and their potential impact on campus speech codes.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports FIRE.

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