University of North Carolina System: State of the First Amendment

Category: Free Speech, Freedom of Conscience, Religious Liberty
Schools: Winston-Salem State University Western Carolina University University of North Carolina – Wilmington University of North Carolina – Greensboro Elizabeth City State University Appalachian State University University of North Carolina – Pembroke University of North Carolina – Asheville University of North Carolina – Charlotte North Carolina Central University East Carolina University University of North Carolina School of the Arts North Carolina A&T State University Fayetteville State University University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill North Carolina State University – Raleigh

FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also reveals that “13 out of the 16 schools in the UNC System have at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”