Fordham University

Location: Bronx, New York
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Fordham University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
145
  • Student Handbook: Information Technology Usage

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    IT resources and services cannot be assessed or used in the following manner: … Using any IT resource or communication services, including email or other means, to intimidate, insult, embarrass and harass others; to interfere unreasonably with an individual’s work, research or educational performance; or... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Bullying

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    Bullying creates feelings of defenselessness, fear, undermines a person’s diginity, and is defined as the repeated, unreasonable actions of a person or group of persons directed toward another person or group of persons, which are intended to hurt, intimidate, degrade, humiliate, and/or under... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Distribution of Literature

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    2. Registered student organizations often distribute information in the form of handouts, fliers, and newsletters … As with any other club or organization activity, these events must be coordinated with the Office for Student Involvement and/or the Assistant Dean/Director of Student Involvement. The source of ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Advertisements in Student Publications

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    Advertisements must be legal, truthful, and compatible with the values and mission of the University as a Jesuit, Catholic institution. These values include concern for each student, respect for individuals and groups of people and for the dignity of the human person. To this end, the University prohibit... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Speakers Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    [E]xpression that is indecent or is grossly obscene or grossly offensive on matters such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation is inconsistent with accepted norms of conduct at the University. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    Organizers and participants must follow these guidelines in planning and conducting pickets and other demonstration events: … A member of the Fordham University community must be designated Organizer/Liaison for the event. The Organizer/Liaison must meet with the Dean of Students to coordinate the planned even... Read More
  • Sexual and Related Misconduct Policy and Procedures For the Fordham University Community

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is severe, pervasive, or persistent, including but not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and: … Such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to have the p... Read More
  • Student Handbook: The University Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    Harassment (verbal or other) or physical abuse, threatening or attempting to inflict physical injury, or creating substantial risk of such injury to another member of the Fordham University community or to any person on University premises. Read More
  • Sexual and Related Misconduct Policy and Procedures For the Fordham University Community: Conduct Prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    Sex- or Gender-Based Harassment (Title IX): Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would consider so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to a University education program or activity. Read More
  • Fordham University Mission Statement

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    Fordham strives for excellence in research and teaching, and guarantees the freedom of inquiry required by rigorous thinking and the quest for truth. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    By its very nature, the University is a place where ideas and opinions are formulated and exchanged. Each member of the University has a right to freely express their positions and to work for their acceptance whether they assent to or dissent from existing situations in the University or society. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Bias-Related Incidents and/or Hate Crimes

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 14, 2021

    [T]he University values freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas. The expression of controversial ideas and differing views is a vital part of University discourse. Although the expression of an idea or point of view may be offensive or inflammatory to others, it may not constitute a hate crime or bias-r... 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 145
Ideological Diversity 84

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 53.62
Openness 9.78
Tolerance (Liberals) 10.53
Tolerance (Conservatives) 7.43
Administrative Support 5.7
Comfort 16.1
Disruptive Conduct 10.08
Speech Code RED