ON-Lion Letter
During the past several months, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has sent letters to 266 public colleges and universities, notifying administrators that their maintenance of unconstitutional speech policies may subject them to personal liability. 

Following the victory for free speech in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's ruling in DeJohn v. Temple, FIRE had notified administrators at public universities and colleges in the Third Circuit (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware) that they were legally bound by the DeJohn ruling, which struck down Temple University's former speech code as unconstitutional.

FIRE has followed this initiative with additional letters via certified mail to every public college and university rated a "red-light" or "yellow-light" institution in FIRE's database, Spotlight:  The Campus Freedom Resource.  Pointing out that Temple's former speech code "has now become the latest in a long line of speech codes to fail in court," the letter warns administrators that "any public university policy prohibiting constitutionally protected expression is an unlawful deprivation of constitutional rights under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 for which university administrators can be sued in their individual capacities."

Further, FIRE's letter makes clear that because "the law is so clearly established with regard to unconstitutional speech codes, claims of immunity from liability on the part of individual administrators will likely fail."  A complete list of schools receiving a letter from FIRE is available online.

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