Free-speech organization says ISU’s policies are too restrictive

August 6, 2013

by Hannah Furfaro

Ames Tribune


Iowa's public universities have work to do to end suppressive speech policies according to a new report from an advocacy group devoted to free speech in academia.

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa all received "red light" ratings for their speech codes in the report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released this month.

A red light rating, given to universities with one or more severely restrictive speech codes, was given to 65 percent of 392 schools surveyed in the yearly report. While the report shows a slight decline in red light schools from past years, it says a "new wave" of federal and state policies that strengthen limited speech codes is threatening free speech nationwide...