Daily Debriefing

February 7, 2007

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education awarded Dartmouth a “green light” rating for the College’s policies about free speech. FIRE analyzed more than 330 schools to compile their report, “Spotlight on Speech Codes 2006,” in which they concluded that more than 68 percent of schools had policies that “clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech.” Dartmouth was one of seven schools to receive the designation, meaning that FIRE “is unable to find a policy that seriously imperils speech,” but not necessarily that the school actively supports free expression. After Zeta Psi was derecognized for their inter-fraternity newsletter in 2001, FIRE designated Dartmouth a “red light” school, meaning it “has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.” In 2005, however, FIRE reassessed Dartmouth’s ranking.