FIRE Upgrades Dartmouth Speech Rating

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) today lifted Dartmouth’s “red” free-speech rating, its worst ranking, declaring that the College no longer has a speech code.

The change was prompted by a May 2 letter from College Counsel Robert Donin which declared that President James Wright’s and Dean of the College James Larimore’s previous statements in regards to the Zeta Psi case did not represent “a binding statement on College policy.”

Wright’s 2001 letter stated that “[i]t is hard to understand why some want still to insist that their ‘right’ to do what they want trumps the rights, feelings, and considerations of others. We need to recognize that speech has consequences for which we must account.” The letter has since been removed from the Dartmouth website.