The Foundation for Individual Right in Education (FIRE) has rounded up its institutional victories for free speech on campus for the year. Some highlights, from its press release:
- Convincing the University of Wisconsin System to repeal a ban on resident assistants leading Bible studies in their dorms and to approve a new policy explicitly permitting them to do so;
- Defeating SUNY Fredonia’s attempt to deny a promotion to Professor Stephen Kershnar for expressing opinions critical of the university;
- Restoring press freedom to students at Johns Hopkins University, where issues of the conservative student publication The Carrollton Record were stolen and its staff investigated for harassment;
- Successfully pressuring Columbia University to revoke the suspension it placed on the men’s ice hockey club for posting recruitment flyers containing a play on words that some found offensive;
Probably obligatory: yes, a private university should be legally able to do what it wishes; but it's better if they honor the right of free expression to its employees and students, and FIRE's general reliance on education and pressure to make them change policies is a noble thing.