Florida International University

Location: Miami, Florida
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Florida International University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
44
  • FIU-105 Sexual Harassment (Title IX) and Sexual Misconduct: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Sex-based Harassment – any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature: … Such conduct creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interfere... Read More
  • Division of Diversity Equity & Inclusion: Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Harassment is a form of discrimination that encompasses unwelcome conduct based on a person’s protected status. Harassment in violation of FIU-105 depends on the totality of the circumstances, including the nature, frequency, and duration of the conduct in question, the location and context in which it occurs, and t... Read More
  • FIU-110 Expressive Activities in Outdoor Areas on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Material and substantial interference with, disruption of, or impeding the normal operations of the University and/or interference with the rights of others includes, without limitation: … using fighting words which are those words that by their mere utterance inflict violence or would tend to incite a reasona... Read More
  • Student Affairs: Stop Bias

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    While valuing freedom of thought and expression, Florida International University is committed to creating an inclusive living and learning community that celebrates differences, values each student, and fosters an atmosphere of civility and respect. … What is bias? A bias incident is an act of bigotry, harass... Read More
  • Student Conduct and Honor Code: Conduct Violations- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Harassment—Severe or pervasive interactions aimed towards another or entity which is by objective measure threatening, abusive, or severely annoying and that is beyond the scope of free speech and which is not covered by FIU Regulation 105. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Housing and Residential Life – Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Conduct, not of a sexual nature, (including, but not limited to, physical contact, verbal, graphic, written, or electronic communication) that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person or group is prohibited. Read More
  • Student Conduct and Honor Code: Conduct Violations- Personal Abuse

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Personal Abuse i. Verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, and/or Coercion that objectively endangers the health, safety or well-being of others and which is not covered by FIU Regulation 105. Using fighting words or statements which reasonably endanger the health and safety of any person that are not protect... Read More
  • FIU-110 Expressive Activities in Outdoor Areas on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Outdoor areas of campus are generally accessible areas of the University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus in which members of the campus community are commonly allowed, including grassy areas, walkways, or other similar common areas. … Subject to the terms of this regulation and related Uni... Read More
  • FIU-105 Sexual Harassment (Title IX) and Sexual Misconduct: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 13, 2021

    Sexual Harassment – Conduct on the basis of sex which occurs in the United States in a University activity or program that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equa... 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 44
Ideological Diversity 31

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 60.58
Openness 10.12
Tolerance (Liberals) 9.78
Tolerance (Conservatives) 7.89
Administrative Support 6.37
Comfort 16.61
Disruptive Conduct 9.8
Speech Code YELLOW
  • Florida International University: Athletics Press Pass Policy Risks Rights of Student Journalists

    September 23, 2019

    In August 2019, Florida International University’s student newspaper, PantherNOW, announced FIU had denied it football press credentials for the current season after the newspaper reported last season that a player was continuing to play while a warrant was out for his arrest. While PantherNOW editors reported their credentials were quickly restored and the university said… Read more

  • Florida International University: Racial and Ethnic Restrictions for Class Enrollment

    February 6, 2002

    Florida International University (FIU), maintained ethnicity and race requirements for certain language classes. For example, certain Spanish courses limited enrollment to “Hispanic bilinguals educated in the U.S….whose mother tongue is Spanish,” “U.S. Hispanic bilinguals,” and “U.S. Hispanic Bilinguals Only.”; When informed of this policy FIRE explained its immorality and unconstitutionality to the administration. Following FIRE’s… Read more