Victory for Free Speech at Duke: Pro-Life Group's Rights Restored
DURHAM, N.C., March 30, 2010--Duke University has reversed a decision by its Women's Center that prohibited the Duke Students for Life (DSFL) student group from holding a discussion on student motherhood at a Women's Center venue during the group's "Week for Life" event. The group's president turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help. Only hours after FIRE exposed Duke's decision to public scrutiny yesterday, Women's Center Director Ada Gregory wrote to the group to say that "mistakes were certainly made that should not have occurred" and that she had "taken steps to ensure that such an incident will not happen again."
"We are thankful that Duke acted quickly to affirm its promises of free speech to its students, regardless of their viewpoints," said FIRE Vice President Robert Shibley. "While this exclusion never should have happened in the first place, we hope that Duke and its Women's Center will now be more cognizant of their promises to welcome differing points of view, protect free speech on campus, and treat all students fairly and justly."
Thanks to all our supporters to wrote President Brodhead to remind Duke University of its obligation to protect student rights! You can learn more about FIRE's fight for free speech at Duke University here.