Report: UI, ISU and UNI on “red light” speech code list

December 18, 2012

A new report lists the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa among schools that earn the lowest rating regarding free speech on campus.

The UI, ISU and UNI were among the schools on the “red light” list from the 2013 report on campus speech codes by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.  Grinnell College was on the “yellow light” list in the report.

More than three-fifths — 62.1 percent — of the 409 schools surveyed have speech codes that “clearly fail to meet First Amendment standards,” according to the foundation. Those schools were labeled as having “red light” speech codes.

A red light institution is one that has 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,” the report states.

But it was the fifth consecutive year the percentage of schools in that category dropped, officials said. The report from the nonprofit group discusses concerns about “new waves of campus censorship potentially facilitated by poorly crafted federal and state regulations and legislation regarding bullying and harassment.”

Schools: University of Northern Iowa University of Iowa Iowa State University Grinnell College