Indiana University School of Medicine: Faculty Required to Sign Honor Code During Bias Training


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FIRE obtained a copy of Indiana University School of Medicine’s training materials through a public records request that contained a link for faculty to sign an honor code pledging to “ensure that their views, beliefs, actions, and inactions do not, intentionally or unintentionally, perpetuate the problem of health care [sic] inequity.” FIRE wrote the university December 21, 2022, explaining that the honor code appeared to compel faculty speech in violation of their expressive rights and asked the university to clarify that signing the pledge was not mandatory. The university did not respond to the letter.  On April 20, FIRE sent a second letter objecting to the university’s requirement that faculty “show effort toward advancing DEI in at least one mission area for which they are evaluated” by the 2025-26 academic year.