Kansas State University

Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Type: Public
Thank Kansas State University for its commitment to free speech.

Speech Code Rating

Kansas State 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

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

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  • Policy 3010: Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence, and Procedure for Reviewing Complaints- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    In cases of alleged conduct based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status, “harassment” is: … That conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the terms, con... Read More
  • Policy 3010: Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence, and Procedure for Reviewing Complaints- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    In cases of alleged conduct based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, for purposes of the Title IX process, “sexual harassment” is any conduct that occurs in the United States and that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, per... Read More
  • Policy 8570: Publicity Regulations

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    Eligible groups may distribute literature on campus or in any campus building (with the approval of the authority of that building), provided such distribution does not unreasonably interfere with the movement of traffic, classes, or other scheduled activities. Read More
  • Statement on Free Speech and Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    Kansas State University has a long and proud history of commitment to free and open inquiry, deliberation and debate in all matters, and the untrammeled verbal and nonverbal expression of ideas. It is the University’s guiding principle to provide all members of the University community the broadest possible latitude... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    The following described conduct is prohibited by this Code and subject to sanctions by the University: … 3. Conduct directed towards another person(s) that is intended to and does substantially disrupt or interfere with another’s educational or employment opportunity, peaceful enjoyment of residence, or physic... Read More
  • Policy 3420: Information Technology Usage Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    Appropriate use of University IT resources shall: … Be in accordance with state and federal laws (includes such laws as FERPA, Gramm Leach Bliley Act, DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), US copyright laws, and policies regarding the protection of data). Not conflict with or violate any other University o... Read More
  • Policy 8530: Student Organizations On-Campus Event Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Security Fee Policies
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    For scheduled events the necessity of a full-time police officer shall be determined by the facilities representative at the Pre-Planning Meeting. Should full-time officers be required for the event, they will be expected to monitor inside and outside the event as deemed necessary by the Campus Police Representative... Read More
  • Policy 7840: Use of KSU Buildings and Grounds

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 1, 2021

    This policy is to help provide for the safe use of KSU buildings and grounds and the avoidance of scheduling conflicts. Nothing in this policy is intended to or shall be used to prohibit free expression based on viewpoint, or to prohibit unscheduled expressive activities on KSU grounds. Safety rules and other conten... Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 44,000 students at 203 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. See the full report on FIRE’s 2022 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.


Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 76.2

Rankings / out of 203 colleges ranked

Overall Ranking 2
Openness 166
Tolerance (Liberals) 162
Tolerance (Conservatives) 5
Administrative Support 40
Comfort 20
Disruptive Conduct 33

Administrative Behavior

Supported Scholars 0
Sanctioned Scholars 0
Successful Disinvitations 0


Speech Climate GOOD
Speech Code GREEN
  • Kansas is making it easier to remove tenured faculty. What does that mean for academic freedom?

    February 1, 2021

    Recently, the Kansas Reflector reported on the Kansas Board of Regents’ endorsement of a policy that, for the next two years, would “mak[e] it easier for state universities to suspend, dismiss or terminate employees, including tenured faculty members, without initiating the process of formally declaring a financial emergency.”  The reasons why such a policy would… Read more

  • Kansas State’s free speech policies are some of the best in the country. Amidst the George Floyd tweet controversy, it must live by them.

    June 30, 2020

    Kansas State University’s policies make it one of the best colleges in the country for free speech. But in times of turmoil, institutions may be pressured to take actions inconsistent with those policies. After a student’s controversial tweets about the killing of George Floyd roiled the campus, FIRE is sending an open letter to Kansas… Read more

  • Kansas State University adopts free speech statement, earns FIRE’s highest speech rating

    August 25, 2017

    MANHATTAN, Kan., Aug. 25, 2017 — The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is pleased to announce that Kansas State University has earned FIRE’s highest, “green light” rating for free speech. In consultation with FIRE, the university revised its speech-related policies to fully reflect the university’s commitment to free speech. Kansas State University further affirmed… Read more

  • Kansas Court of Appeals Decides Off-Campus Tweeting Case

    October 2, 2015

    Last week, the Kansas Court of Appeals handed down its decision in Yeasin v. University of Kansas, affirming a district court ruling reversing the expulsion of a student for purely off-campus conduct, namely, tweets about another student. The court’s decision was based on narrow grounds, thus avoiding lurking questions regarding free speech and the scope… Read more

  • Kansas Universities Fight Over the Limits of Title IX’s Reach

    June 23, 2015

    Last week on The Torch, we reported on the amici curiae brief filed by FIRE and the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) in Yeasin v. University of Kansas, currently before the Kansas Court of Appeals. This week, we want to highlight another amicus brief filed in the case—one that is noteworthy not just because of… Read more

  • Critical Speech Chilled at Kansas State

    November 18, 2014

    It’s sometimes difficult to tell just how pervasive a chilling effect on speech is, since would-be audience members might never know what they’re missing. But an article published in The Topeka Capital-Journal yesterday about a controversy at Kansas State University (KSU) makes clear that KSU and the Kansas Board of Regents have contributed to an… Read more

  • Kansas Board of Regents Approves Self-Contradictory, Unclear Social Media Policy

    May 15, 2014

    Yesterday afternoon, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a revised policy on the “improper use of social media” by faculty and staff at the state’s public colleges and universities. The widely criticized policy asserts a commitment to freedom of speech yet authorizes punishment for constitutionally protected speech, and it still leaves professors unsure of what speech a university might sanction them for.

  • Kansas Faculty Workgroup Plans to Rewrite Overbroad Policy

    January 27, 2014

    Earlier this month, the Kansas Board of Regents created a “workgroup” to review its overbroad and vague new policy on “improper use of social media” by faculty at Kansas public colleges and universities. As my colleague Will Creeley reported last Thursday, the Board refused to suspend the policy during review, leaving faculty still at risk of being fired for… Read more

  • ‘Free Speech Week’ Celebrated on Campuses Nationwide

    April 13, 2012

    FIRE celebrated Free Speech Week last week by teaming up with Students For Liberty to send FIRE speakers and materials to student groups across the country. We’re pleased to announce it was a great success!   To mark the occasion, 72 student groups distributed FIRE materials and pocket-sized Constitutions on campus. More than 20 student… Read more

  • K-State Student Sheds Light On Speech Codes In ‘Collegian’

    October 10, 2011

    Here at FIRE, we focus much of our attention on informing students of their rights on campus and how university policies can often be barriers to free expression. In a column in last Friday’s issue of the Kansas State Collegian titled “K-State’s speech code unconstitutional,” Kansas State University student Caleb Greinke brought attention to those concerns…. Read more

  • Lane v. Simon Update: Tenth Circuit Denies Rehearing

    August 23, 2007

    The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reports that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied plaintiffs’ petition for an en banc rehearing of Lane v. Simon. The court’s denial ignores the troubling precedent set by the court’s initial ruling late last month, a concern voiced in an amicus brief filed by FIRE, the SPLC,… Read more

  • FIRE Joins Lane v. Simon Amicus Brief

    August 21, 2007

    Yesterday afternoon, FIRE joined the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) in filing an amicus brief on behalf of appellants Katie Lane and Sarah Rice, requesting that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals grant a panel rehearing or rehearing en banc in the case of Lane v. Simon, Nos. 05-3266 & 05-3284 (10th Cir. 2007). In… Read more

  • First Amendment Center and Associated Press Report on Dismissed Kansas State Lawsuit

    August 8, 2007

    Our friends at the First Amendment Center have posted an article based on reports from the Associated Press and their own staff about the disappointing decision from the Tenth Circuit that Will reported on in his post last week. The federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by two former Kansas State University journalism students,… Read more

  • Tenth Circuit to Student Editors: Once Graduated, No Relief Available for Possible First Amendment Violations

    July 30, 2007

    In a disappointing development for student press rights, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a First Amendment suit brought by two Kansas State University (KSU) students was moot because the students had graduated while their case was under review. Prior to appeal, the students’ case (Lane v. Simon, Nos. 05-3266 &… Read more

  • WVU Newspaper on Presidential Candidate’s Free Speech Record

    April 10, 2007

    Bravo to The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University (WVU)’s student newspaper, whose editorial board voiced its concern over WVU presidential candidate M. Duane Nellis for free speech issues at Kansas State University (KSU), where Nellis currently serves as provost.   In 2005, FIRE joined an amicus brief denouncing the removal of student publications adviser Ronald… Read more

  • Same Time, Next Year: Tenth Circuit Has Chance to Break Away From Hosty

    October 2, 2006

    About this time last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit handed down its widely debated Hosty v. Carter decision, which allowed university officials in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin to censor student publications for publishing material they disliked. Hosty severely curtailed the free press rights of student journalists in the Seventh Circuit… Read more

  • Will Student Press Freedom Survive in Kansas?

    December 16, 2005

    From FIRE’s homepage yesterday comes the news that FIRE joined an amicus brief in a newspaper censorship case called Lane v. Simon: FIRE has joined an amicus brief supporting freedom of the press at Kansas State University. Advisor Ronald Johnson was removed after administrators determined, in part based on its level of “diversity” coverage, that… Read more