FIRE’s Spotlight Database

FIRE’s Spotlight Database rates policies that regulate student expression at over 475 colleges and universities. Public institutions bound by the First Amendment and private schools that promise free speech rights are rated as “green light,” “yellow light,” or “red light” institutions based on the extent to which they restrict free speech. “Warning” schools are private institutions that clearly prioritize other values above free speech. Our “Using FIRE’s Spotlight Database” page provides further information about each rating.

As the rating is based on written policies, it does not take other institutional actions into account. This does not preclude FIRE from taking action in defense of student and faculty rights. You can find more information about specific incidents of censorship and violations of due process on each school’s entry.

If the school you are looking for is not included in the database, you can request more information about its speech codes by filling out this form.

Spotlight Map

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