This report finds that North Carolina’s colleges and universities lead the way nationally for their written policies protecting student free speech. The Tar Heel State is home to more institutions that earn FIRE’s highest, “green light” speech code rating than any other state. The report was released in conjunction with the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal and examines the impressive strides the state’s colleges and universities have taken since a similar report was issued in 2010. At that time, the state had no green light institutions.