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Syracuse University named among nation's worst schools for free speech

These schools were listed by FIRE in no particular order

  1. University of Cincinnati

  2. Syracuse University

  3. Widener University

  4. Harvard University

  5. Yale University

  6. St. Augustine's College

  7. Michigan State University

  8. Colorado College

  9. Johns Hopkins University

  10. Tufts University

  11. Bucknell University

  12. Brandeis University

— Syracuse University has been listed among the 12 worst colleges for free speech in 2012 by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. SU is joined by Cincinnati, Harvard and Yale, along with eight others, on the list published in the Huffington Post today.

“These colleges and universities have deeply violated the principles that are supposed to animate higher education,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said in a new release. “Sunlight is one of the best disinfectants, and the public needs to know which schools to watch out for.”

Syracuse’s School of Education earned its place among the worst schools for freedom of speech by effectively expelling an education student who complained on his own Facebook page about a comment that he thought was racially insulting, according to FIRE. The student was required to undergo counseling and diversity training in order to earn a chance of readmission.

FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that works toward maintaining individual rights, freedom of expression, academic freedom, due process, and rights of conscience at the nation’s colleges and universities.

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