Dear Mr. Levy:
Having just celebrated its sixth anniversary, FIRE proudly announces the publication of its Guide to First-Year Orientation and Thought Reform on Campus. This newest and final installment in FIREs series of Guides to Student Rights on Campus explores the many ways that universities go beyond censorship of the spoken word and attempt to dictate even what students and professors may and may not think. The Guide also advises students and other members of the campus community on how to resist these Orwellian tactics. For more information on the Guide and how to obtain a copy, please read below.
David French, President
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-717-3473; Fax: 215-717-3440
FIRE Releases Its Guide to First-Year Orientation and Thought Reform on Campus
ACLU President Nadine Strossen has hailed the Guide to First-Year Orientation and Thought Reform on Campus as both groundbreaking and empowering. Paul K. McMasters of the
The Guides authors are Jordan Lorence, a First Amendment litigator and senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, and FIRE cofounder Harvey A. Silverglate, a well-known
The Guide also cites several ways that colleges and universities deprive students and professors of their freedom of conscience. Some of these methods include:
· Mandatory diversity training like that imposed recently at Washington State University;
· Speech codes mandating certain attitudes, such as the one FIRE defeated in court at Shippensburg University;
· The use of nondiscrimination policies to ban organizations with dissenting viewpoints, especially religious groups, as in FIREs recent case at Princeton University; and
· Punitive impositions of psychological counseling, one instance of which FIRE recently quashed at the University of New Hampshire.
A distinguished group of legal scholars, selected from across the political and ideological spectrum, serves as the Board of Editors to FIREs entire series of Guides to Student Rights on Campus. The political and philosophical diversity of the Board demonstrates that campus liberty is not a matter of partisan politics, but rather of the rights and responsibilities of free individuals in a free society.
In addition to Strossen and McMasters, the Board of Editors includes noted constitutional scholars Vivian Berger of Columbia Law School, T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School, Edwin Meese of the Heritage Foundation, Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute, and Jamin Raskin of American Universitys Washington College of Law.
FIREs Guide to First-Year Orientation and Thought Reform on Campus is the fifth and final volume of FIREs Guides to Student Rights on Campus. The series also includes FIREs flagship publication, the Guide to Free Speech on Campus, as well as the Guide to Due Process and Fair Procedure on Campus, Guide to Student Fees, Funding, and Legal Equality on Campus, and Guide to Religious Liberty on Campus.
College students can order paperback copies of all the Guidesand anyone can download an electronic copyfree of charge at thefire.org/guides. They are also available to the general public at a nominal cost at thefire.org/guides or Amazon.com.
FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of individual rights, due process, freedom of expression, academic freedom, and rights of conscience at our nations colleges and universities. FIREs efforts to preserve liberty on campuses across
Greg Lukianoff, Director of Legal and Public Advocacy, FIRE: 215-717-3473; firstname.lastname@example.org
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