Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
University of Northern Iowa 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
Sending anonymous, deceptive, fraudulent, or unwelcome electronic communications, such as chain letters.
1. Physical or verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, stalking, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person (this rule also applies to the use of electronic resources, such as online communities, email, web logs, etc).
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 […]» Read More
October 29, 2008
FIRE recently named the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) our Speech Code of the Month for stating on its website that: A bias incident is any inappropriate word or action directed toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics or background of a group or person and that is contrary to law or policy. [...] The campus community takes great pride in promoting a healthy environment and will not tolerate bias or hate incidents. Shortly thereafter, an administrator from UNI contacted FIRE to let us know that the document in question was not a policy but […]» Read More