Team Mitch: Purdue Gets ‘Green Light’ Rating For Junking Speech Codes

May 15, 2015

By Greg Piper at The College Fix

Former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, the onetime hope of conservative college students as a Republican presidential candidate (he never ran), has drawn raves for his various moves as president of Purdue University.

Daniels secured another notch in his belt today: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education awarded the school a “green light” rating for its free-expression policies, after working with the school to totally eliminate its speech codes with Daniels’ support.

Purdue also adopted an expansive academic-freedom statement similar to that of the University of Chicago, FIRE said.

It’s only the 21st institution to earn FIRE’s highest rating, and it was student-led:

FIRE began working to reform Purdue’s speech codes in September 2014, when FIRE sent a memorandum covering Purdue’s speech policies to two members of the student government. Students Andrew Zeller and Emilie Watson worked with FIRE’s [Azhar] Majeed to advocate for policy reform on campus and to introduce a resolution in student government calling for the necessary revisions.

Schools: Purdue University Cases: FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project