Howard University

Location: Washington, District Of Columbia
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Howard 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
117
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Prohibited Behaviors

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    Harassment Harassment is engaging in verbal, electronic, visual, written or physical behavior directed at an individual or group that, in the view of a reasonable person, is likely to provoke or otherwise result in a negative or injurious response, mental or emotional distress, or related reaction or consequence. Th... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Prohibited Behaviors

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    D. Bullying Unwanted, aggressive and/or hostile behavior, from an individual or group that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and that is intended to humiliate, mentally or physically injure or intimidate and/or control another individual or group of individuals. Bullying can be one single act or can be re... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Guidelines for Posting and Distribution of Posters/Flyers/Materials at Howard University

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    Before displaying any advertisement, including signs, posters or placards, on bulletin boards or other display spaces at Howard University, the university employee, organization, department or recognized student organization must obtain authorization from the Scheduling Office. The name(s) of the sponsoring organiza... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Prohibited Behaviors

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    Disruptive Conduct A. Acting in a manner that … interferes with or negatively impacts any person or persons in the classroom or on University owned or operated property or at any University-sponsored event … C. Disruptive conduct may also include the wearing of apparel or clothing that is lewd, lasciviou... Read More
  • Student Handbook: (INTERIM) TITLE IX POLICY ON PROHIBITED SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE AND OTHER FORMS OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    Sexual harassment – Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive, both subjectively and o... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Student Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    As members of the University Community, all students are guaranteed freedom of expression, inquiry and assembly; the right to form a student government; the right to organize groups; the right to join associations in support of any cause or common interest; and the right to peacefully protest, provided that such act... Read More
  • Policy Number 400-005: Policy Prohibiting Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct and Retaliation- Sexual Harassment I

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    Sexual Harassment I – This category of prohibited conduct has been defined by the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. It includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of t... Read More
  • Acceptable Use Policy for Computer and Network Systems

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2021

    Unlawful Messages Use of electronic communication facilities (such as e-mail, instant messaging, talk, chat rooms, threaded discussions or systems with similar functions) to send fraudulent, harassing, obscene, threatening, or other messages that are a violation of applicable federal, state or other law or Universit... 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 117
Ideological Diversity 75

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 57.75
Openness 11.55
Tolerance (Liberals) 12.25
Tolerance (Conservatives) 6.47
Administrative Support 6.38
Comfort 17.83
Disruptive Conduct 9.27
Speech Code RED