Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
Emory University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
Red Light Policies
to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depiction or treatment, and threatening or actual abuse or
* Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment; or
* Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or a student's academic performance.
intellectual stimulation that can be a product of controversial content.
November 21, 2011
There’s some good news on the free speech front at Emory University, where (as I wrote here last week) a proposed “free expression zone” policy had all appearances of being woefully misguided and actually quite bad for free speech at Emory. The Emory Wheel expressed worry about the implications of such a zone as well. Now, Student Government Association (SGA) official Andrew Hull is hitting back against the notion that this new policy will restrict free speech. Of the Wheel‘s editorial against the new policy, Hull writes: The first point that the Wheel brings up is that a free expression zone implies limitations […]» Read More
November 11, 2011
On Wednesday I gave Emory University a shellacking over a proposed “free expression zone” policy, which was hailed in The Emory Wheel as a step forward by Emory’s student government president and a number of Emory administrators. As I wrote, the fact that such initiatives on supposedly free liberal arts campuses are so positively received does far more to show how far our tolerance for free speech has plummeted rather than grown, seeing the extent to which students are willing to censor themselves today. Fortunately, I’m not alone. Today in the Wheel, Emory graduate student Andy Ratto expresses similar sentiments, saying that […]» Read More
November 9, 2011
You know standards for free speech on campus have fallen pretty far when a plan to establish a “free speech zone” policy seems like progress and not regression. Just such a move—a joint effort between students and administrators—is underway at Emory University, The Emory Wheel student newspaper reports. The Wheel‘s article merits quoting at length because it’s chock-full of infantilization from Emory’s administrators, as well as the perception—both from students and the administration—that free speech is something that requires permission to exercise and should be turned off the moment it becomes troublesome. The Wheel reports that Student Government Association (SGA) president Adam […]» Read More
July 14, 2009
Steadily growing scrutiny from the higher education media and organizations including FIRE has caused Emory University to backtrack on its previous demand that Professor J. Douglas Bremner remove the name of the university—including the fact that he is an Emory professor—from his private blog. Bremner, a professor of psychiatry and radiology at Emory’s School of Medicine, has used his blog Before You Take That Pill as a launching pad for his criticism of the pharmaceutical industry. Emory demanded that Bremner remove its name from his blog because of a January 28 post in which Bremner mocked a Seattle apartment complex’s […]» Read More
March 2, 2009
Throughout the spring semester, FIRE is drawing special attention to the state of free speech at America’s top 25 national universities (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report). Today we review policies at Emory University, which FIRE has given a red-light rating for restricting free expression on campus. We start by examining whether Emory—a private institution—has made any commitments to free expression that would lead students and faculty to believe they are entitled to free speech at the university. One such commitment is found in the university’s Discriminatory Harassment Policy, which provides that Emory University abides by the values […]» Read More