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REPORT: Nearly half of public colleges restrict student speech

An annual report on speech policies at major colleges and universities finds that while some progress was made toward lifting speech restrictions this year, much work remains to be done.

In the 2016 edition of “Spotlight on Speech Codes,” published annually since 2009, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) gives a “red light” label—signifying at least one substantial speech restriction—to 49.3 percent of the 440 schools it reviewed, representing a slight improvement over last year, when 55 percent of schools received the failing grade.

In order to earn a red light rating, a school must have “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech, or that bars public access to its speech-related policies by requiring a university login and password for access.” FIRE further specifies that a red light policy must be both “clear,” meaning its consequences do not depend on how it is applied or enforced, as well as “broadly applicable to campus expression.”

At the other end of the spectrum is the “green light” rating, which is awarded to schools whose policies are freely accessible and do not pose a significant threat to freedom of speech.

This year, FIRE gave 22 schools (5 percent of those surveyed) a green light, surpassing last year’s tally, when 18 schools (4.1 percent) received the honor. By way of comparison, only two percent received a green light rating in FIRE’s first speech code report in 2009.