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University Of Florida Gets Speech-Friendly Designation From Student Rights’ Group

Just three months after it started working with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to revise policies, the University of Florida has earned the student rights’ group’s highest rating for free-speech protection on campus.

FIRE and the university said in a joint statement Wednesday that the new “green-light” designation is only the 19th granted by FIRE. Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, James Madison University and Oregon State University are among other green-light institutions.

The designation means UF has “eliminated all of its speech codes,” FIRE and the school said.

Jen Day Shaw, UF dean of students, said the school “has a long tradition of upholding the First Amendment rights of our students.”

 “Particularly in light of the number of First Amendment lawsuits filed by students and faculty members against their institutions in the past year, we hope that more universities will choose to work with us proactively,” said Azhar Majeed, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program.

Read the full announcement here.

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