Who doesn’t love a good awards show? The gowns, the acceptance speeches, the brutal infringements of civil liberties … the excitement just never ends.

Once again, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I work), has sorted through the hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation that severely restrict the First Amendment rights of their students, and is ready to present a “dirty dozen” of colleges that have attacked freedom of speech with such zeal that we cannot help but (dis)honor them. While it was difficult to choose from such a wide talent pool, certain schools took our breath away with their dazzling performances. So here, in no particular order, are the winners of this year’s 12 Worst Colleges for Free Speech:

  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


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