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FIRE Names the 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2022

FIRE Names the 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2022

“Like our collective obsession with Wordle, censorship is spreading fast.”

As an Emerson College grad, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to see them at number 3 on this list.

From the FIRE blog:

10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2022

Like our collective obsession with Wordle, censorship is spreading fast.

In the 11th edition of the “10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech,” released today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education pillories the worst campus censors over the last year. (And trust us, narrowing down the list was no easy task!) The 2022 “worst-of-the-worst” list features seven new campuses that haven’t made the cut before.

This year’s list includes other colleges guilty of many forms of censorship, including: suspending a student group for passing out stickers critical of China’s government; firing a Jewish professor for calling out the college president’s remark about “Jewish noses”; punishing a student for sending a satirical email; and using a former professor’s bogus lawsuit threat as a justification to censor (and then seize control of) the student newspaper.

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Boise State University (Boise, Idaho)
  • Collin College (McKinney, Texas)
  • Emerson College (Boston, Mass.)
  • Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
  • Linfield University (McMinnville, Ore.)
  • Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)
  • Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • University of Illinois Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Detailed descriptions of each college’s speech-chilling misdeeds are available on FIRE’s website.

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UF’s President Fuchs got caught in a trap. He is stepping down – probably to the detriment of UF.