Emory University

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Emory University has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more

Due Process Rating

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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D

Sexual Misconduct

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D

  • Policy 8.14 Respect for Open Expression Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    [T]he foundations of this Policy are grounded in the principles of the entire campus being open and available to members to build community through Expression, Protest, and Dissent.  As such, all spaces, both indoors and outdoors, are available to support both planned and impromptu Expression, Protest, and Dissent e... Read More
  • Policy 8.1: Undergraduate Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    Although it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every instance of misconduct that could result in disciplinary action against a student, the following are examples of the types of behavior that are considered violations of this Code. … Misuse of computer or network resources, including but not limited... Read More
  • Policy 8.5 Campus Life Student Organization Speakers Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    The University places a very high value on freedom of speech and on the opportunity for intellectual stimulation that can be a product of controversial content. Read More
  • Policy 1.3 Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct, based on sex or on gender stereotypes, when … Such conduct is so severe and/or pervasive it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s university employment, academic performance or participation in university programs or activities, or c... Read More
  • Residence Life Policies: Bias Incident Reporting

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    Emory University is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of the residence halls and apartments can live and study without incidents of bias. In conjunction with the University’s discriminatory harassment policy, the Offices of Residence Life and Student Conduct have developed a Bias Incident Re... Read More
  • Policy 5.1 Information Technology Conditions of Use

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    Users of Emory’s IT resources may not use those resources for any unethical or illegal purpose, including but not limited to the following: … Harassing other members of the Emory community; … Viewing or distributing content, to the extent that doing do violates any applicable Emory policy and/or st... Read More
  • Policy 1.3 Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    Emory University is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community dedicated to the ideals of free academic discourse in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Emory University abides by the values of academic freedom and is built on the assumption that contention among different views is positiv... Read More
  • Policy 1.3 Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 21, 2018

    Emory’s policy prohibits discriminatory harassment of a non-sexual nature, which includes verbal, physical, or graphic conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, s... Read More

Policies are rated on their inclusion of 10 due process safeguards. Each policy may receive 2 points for fully including that safeguard, 1 point for partial inclusion, and 0 points for no meaningful inclusion. Most, but not all, institutions have separate policies for sexual misconduct and all other misconduct. See FIRE’s Spotlight on Due Process report for more information.

Grades

Non-Sexual Misconduct

D
8/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous

Sexual Misconduct

D
8/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Compassion in the face of conflict: An open discussion at Emory University

    June 24, 2019

    In early April of this year, the Emory Students for Justice in Palestine held its Israeli Apartheid Week on Cox Bridge, the central thoroughfare of our campus. Tabling right across from them for Israel Week were the Emory Eagles for Israel. As I glanced over one poster condemning Israeli occupation of the West Bank and… Read more

  • Emory University’s resolution agreement with law professor threatens academic freedom

    September 20, 2018

    Earlier this year, Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy told me that about once a year, he finds himself “writing a letter to some place in defense of a teacher who has been dismissed for Xeroxing part of my book.” His book? “nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word.” The offending content? The word… Read more

  • Emory University earns FIRE’s highest rating for free speech

    December 5, 2017

    ATLANTA, Dec. 5, 2017 — Emory University has removed language from its policies that chilled free expression on campus, earning it the highest, “green light” rating for free speech on campus from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. After working to ensure that the policies across all of its departments reflect the university’s commitment… Read more

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Denying the Holocaust

    November 17, 2016

    In 1996, Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt found herself in a peculiar situation: She and a team of lawyers would have to defend the truth about the Holocaust against British historian and famed Holocaust denier David Irving. It was a quirk of the English legal system that allowed the battle to play out in court…. Read more

  • Speech Code Countdown: Most of America’s ‘Best Colleges’ Restrict Speech

    October 5, 2016

    U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual rankings of the “Best Colleges” for 2017. The rankings are based on a multitude of “indicators of academic excellence” that prospective students use to narrow down their college application lists, including graduation and retention rate, financial resources, the institution’s reputation, and student selectivity. But U.S. News’… Read more

  • Emory Committee Releases Formal Statement on ‘Chalkening’ Controversy, Political Expression

    May 11, 2016

    The Emory University Senate’s Standing Committee for Open Expression has seen the writing on the wall. Or, more specifically, on the sidewalk. The university-affiliated committee tasked with interpreting Emory’s Open Expression Policy released a comprehensive 12-page statement this week urging increased free speech protections at Emory in the wake of this semester’s controversy over pro-Donald… Read more

  • Emory President Chalks Pro-Speech Message After Trump Controversy as Students, Alumni Urge More Action (VIDEO)

    March 30, 2016

    Emory University President James Wagner has expressed his support of free speech —in chalk— following the controversy over chalk messages written on campus last week in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. President Wagner’s supportive message comes after students from Emory’s Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter and a separate, non-partisan coalition of Emory… Read more

  • So About Free Speech at Emory…

    March 23, 2016

    Just yesterday, we reported that the Emory University Senate Standing Committee for Open Expression had issued a statement strongly supporting free speech on campus. But just over the past 24 hours comes news of Emory’s apparent implosion over the appearance of “Trump 2016” chalkings on campus. Most notable, from FIRE’s perspective, is this suggestion from… Read more

  • Good News for Free Speech at Emory University

    March 22, 2016

    Last week, The Volokh Conspiracy reported that the Emory University Senate Standing Committee for Open Expression released an opinion strongly supporting free speech on campus. The opinion responds to two separate acts of vandalism within 48 hours last February targeting a wall display posted by Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP). The vandals apparently… Read more

  • Emory Students Demand Course Evaluations Include Rating for Microaggressions

    December 11, 2015

    College course evaluations, while valuable, do not always give a precise measure of the competence of a professor. Students, who have been judged all semester by professors, have an opportunity to pass judgment themselves. Some of them take the task seriously and offer constructive comments. For others, it’s payback time. This is a process with… Read more

  • Not Everyone at Emory Got Salman Rushdie’s Important Message About Free Speech

    February 26, 2015

    Acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie spoke to students at Emory University last week about what it means to defend freedom of speech and why students must vigilantly do so. Though his plea was well-argued and powerful, it didn’t reach all Emory community members—particularly not whoever destroyed a display set up by student group Emory Students for… Read more

  • Is Emory’s Student Government Ready to Take a Stand for Free Speech?

    November 21, 2011

    There’s some good news on the free speech front at Emory University, where (as I wrote here last week) a proposed "free expression zone" policy had all appearances of being woefully misguided and actually quite bad for free speech at Emory. The Emory Wheel expressed worry about the implications of such a zone as well. Now,… Read more

  • Emory Students Speak out Against Proposed ‘Free Expression Zone’ Policy

    November 11, 2011

    On Wednesday I gave Emory University a shellacking over a proposed "free expression zone" policy, which was hailed in The Emory Wheel as a step forward by Emory’s student government president and a number of Emory administrators. As I wrote, the fact that such initiatives on supposedly free liberal arts campuses are so positively received does far… Read more

  • At Emory, Understanding of Free Speech so Bad it Makes a ‘Free Speech Zone’ Sound Good

    November 9, 2011

    You know standards for free speech on campus have fallen pretty far when a plan to establish a "free speech zone" policy seems like progress and not regression. Just such a move—a joint effort between students and administrators—is underway at Emory University, The Emory Wheel student newspaper reports. The Wheel‘s article merits quoting at length because… Read more

  • Emory Professor Allowed to Say He’s an Emory Professor on Private Blog

    July 14, 2009

    Steadily growing scrutiny from the higher education media and organizations including FIRE has caused Emory University to backtrack on its previous demand that Professor J. Douglas Bremner remove the name of the university—including the fact that he is an Emory professor—from his private blog. Bremner, a professor of psychiatry and radiology at Emory’s School of… Read more

  • The State of Free Speech on Campus: Emory University

    March 2, 2009

    Throughout the spring semester, FIRE is drawing special attention to the state of free speech at America’s top 25 national universities (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report). Today we review policies at Emory University, which FIRE has given a red-light rating for restricting free expression on campus. We start by examining whether Emory—a… Read more

  • Free Speech under Attack during Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week

    October 25, 2007

    This week, as the Terrorism Awareness Project provides speakers at college campuses in order to increase awareness about terrorism of the Muslim extremist variety, the predictable has come to pass: speakers have been prevented by protesters from enjoying their freedom of speech. At Emory University, David Horowitz’s lecture ended prematurely when audience members refused to… Read more