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ERIC Number: ED536970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Annual Report, 2008
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (NJ1)
This paper presents the annual report of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for 2008. 2008 was a year of profound accomplishments for FIRE. While some colleges continued to show an appalling disregard for the fundamental rights of students and faculty members, FIRE was able to secure groundbreaking victories for civil liberties on college campuses and in courts of law. Equally important, FIRE dramatically expanded its educational programs to ensure that campus community members know their rights and how to protect them. Among FIRE's most significant victories of 2008 was the reversal of the racial harassment finding against a student-employee for reading a book at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Another crucial development of 2008 was the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' finding in "De John v. Temple University" that held a Temple University policy--their former sexual harassment policy--to be unconstitutional. FIRE filed an amicus brief and alerted 266 schools that maintain similar speech codes via certified mail to the potential legal ramifications of their policies. In terms of educational efforts, FIRE has expanded in all directions. Its Campus Freedom Network recruited upwards of 1,500 members; it unveiled its Multimedia Project, which includes five short films and weekly podcasts, and it held its first-ever essay contest, giving high school students the opportunity to learn about FIRE issues with a chance to win a college scholarship.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Pennsylvania