What is SUFS?

FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project is a national effort to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes through targeted First Amendment lawsuits. By imposing a real cost for violating First Amendment rights, Stand Up For Speech is resetting the incentives that currently push colleges towards censoring student and faculty speech. Lawsuits are filed against public colleges maintaining unconstitutional speech codes nationwide. After each victory by ruling or settlement, FIRE targets more schools—sending the message that unless public colleges obey the law, they will be sued.

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Students Benefited

Students Benefited


  • Paul Gerlich and Erin Furleigh at the courthouse fighting for their right to advocate for marijuana legalization.
  • Paul Gerlich and Erin Furleigh, Iowa State University

Kevin Shaw - Pierce College

  • Student Kevin Shaw was told he could not hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution outside Pierce College’s tiny “free speech zone,” which comprises just .003 percent of campus.
  • Kevin Shaw, Pierce College