ON-Lion Letter
In October, the University of Virginia (UVa) confirmed that it had eliminated the last of its policies that unconstitutionally restricted the free speech of students and faculty members.  While more than two-thirds of the nation's colleges maintain policies that clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech, UVa is now a proud exception, having fully reformed four speech codes.  UVa has thus earned a coveted "green light" from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Philadelphia.
"President Teresa Sullivan and her staff should be commended for making these simple but important changes to guarantee the First Amendment rights of students and faculty members at the University of Virginia," FIRE president Greg Lukianoff said.  "Within three months of taking office, President Sullivan has overseen the transformation of UVa from a school that earned FIRE's worst 'red light' rating for restricting protected speech to our highest 'green light' rating.  We hope that more colleges will follow UVa's sterling example and reform their codes to protect free speech."

UVa joins its fellow Virginia public institution William & Mary (W&M) in an elite group of 13 "green-light" schools.  W&M earned its "green light" in October 2009.  FIRE is now turning its attention to three more Virginia public universities -- including George Mason University, which has a "red-light" policy, and James Madison University and Virginia Tech, which have "yellow-light" policies that threaten free speech.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports FIRE.
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