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Wesleyan ranked one of the worst schools for free speech

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Wesleyan University. (WFSB photo) Wesleyan University. (WFSB photo)

Nearly half of the country's top colleges have free speech rules that violate the First Amendment and according to a survey, Wesleyan University is one of the 10 worst.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ranked the school in Middletown as one of the 10 worst when it comes to free speech.

It looked at incidents of college censorship over the past year to figure out the country's worst abusers of First Amendment rights for students and faculty.

    FIRE cited Wesleyan's student newspaper, which published a column that criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.

    In a statement last fall, the school's president said “as members of a university community, we always have the right to respond with our own opinions, but there is no right not to be offended. We certainly have no right to harass people because we don’t like their views."

    The paper later issued an apology.

    "This past year, free speech on campus took center stage and became international news," said Greg Lukianoff, FIRE President and CEO. "Too often students find their voices silenced, and increasingly their professors are finding themselves in the same boat. If this year's 'worst' list proves anything, it's that even tenured faculty members aren't safe from the censor's muzzle."

    In addition to Wesleyan, here are the other schools on the list:

    • Northwestern University
    • Louisiana State University
    • University of California, San Diego
    • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
    • University of Oklahoma
    • Marquette University
    • Colorado College
    • University of Tulsa
    • Mount St. Mary's University

    For more, head to FIRE's website here.

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