Brigham Young University

Location: Provo, Utah
Type: Private

Speech Code Rating

Brigham Young University has been given the speech code rating Warning. FIRE provides a "Warning" rating to prospective students and faculty members when a private university clearly and consistently states that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech. Read more

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
  • Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    The university strives to provide employees and students with a working and educational environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, including unlawful harassment. Federal law prohibits harassment when it is based on the victim’s membership in the Legally Protected Categories identified above and the ... Read More
  • Church Educational System Honor Code

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    Brigham Young University and other Church Educational System institutions exist to provide an education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That atmosphere is created and preserved by a community of faculty, administration, staff, and student... Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 37,000 students at 154 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. In 2021, FIRE released rankings of those schools, based on a number of factors, including openness, tolerance, self-expression, administrative support for free speech, and campus policies, scoring overall speech climate on a scale from 0-100. See the full report on FIRE’s 2021 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.


Rankings / out of 154 colleges surveyed

Overall Ranking N/A
Ideological Diversity 55

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 53.78
Openness 9.7
Tolerance (Liberals) 8.79
Tolerance (Conservatives) 8.94
Administrative Support 6.28
Comfort 15.48
Disruptive Conduct 10.59
Speech Code N/A
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Weekly Media Round-Up: Quick Victory at Binghamton Keeps FIRE Looming Large

    November 21, 2008

    It’s a good day when FIRE is able to declare victory in a nasty dispute before the waves of attention generated by our initial involvement have had time to settle. Such was the case with Binghamton University’s (BU’s) Department of Social Work, which dropped its investigation of graduate student Andre Massena within a day of… Read more

  • Sectarian Institutions and Free Speech

    April 17, 2007

    As mentioned in previous blog entries, George Mason University Professor Jon B. Gould’s call for the dissolution of FIRE (subscribers only, unfortunately) in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Review section is riddled with mischaracterizations and inaccuracies. Having disproved his example of FIRE’s “exaggeration” of speech codes and pointed out his questionable understanding of how sexual… Read more

  • Embattled Professor to Leave Brigham Young

    October 23, 2006

    Inside Higher Ed reports today that Professor Steven Jones—whom BYU stripped of his teaching duties because of his view that 9/11 was orchestrated by the United States—has reached an agreement with the university under which he is “retiring from his job as a physics instructor” at BYU.

  • ‘Inside Higher Ed’ Reports on Recent Cases of Censorship on Campus

    September 12, 2006

    As classes begin this fall across the nation, debate over censorship on university campuses continues to rage. Inside Higher Ed had an article yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, detailing several recent controversies. Some involve the censorship of controversial ideas and figures by the university, others the defense of those ideas…. Read more