Kent State University

Location: Kent, Ohio
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Kent State 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

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 203 colleges ranked Read more
  • 4 – 03.301: Operational procedures and regulations regarding posting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 14, 2021

    General posting procedure. The following procedures must be met in order to post on university bulletin boards. The facility curator is responsible for identifying the specific purpose of bulletin boards under their purview. Any posting not fulfilling the following requirements will be removed from the bulletin boar... Read More
  • Hallways Handbook: Resident Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

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

    THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A RESIDENT INCLUDE: … The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical harm, and emotional harm – and the responsibility to not intimate or harm others. Read More
  • 5 – 16.1: Administrative policy and procedures regarding complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment:

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

    This policy sets forth the expectations and responsibilities for maintaining a safe educational and employment environment free of discrimination and harassment. … Harassment. A form of discrimination. Harassment is defined as action taken without consent, based on a protected category, and either: … Suf... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Prohibited Conduct- Harassment

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

    Harassment. a. Threatening or intimidating a person creating a rational fear within that person. b. Engaging in unwanted conduct or repeatedly committing acts directed at another person that would disrupt the educational process. c. Creating a condition that endangers or threatens the health, safety or welfare of an... Read More
  • 5 – 16.2: Administrative policy regarding complaints of Title IX sexual harassment

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

    Sexual harassment. Conduct on the basis of sex 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 equal access to the university’s education program or activity. 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 44.09

Rankings / out of 203 colleges ranked

Overall Ranking 118
Openness 102
Tolerance (Liberals) 190
Tolerance (Conservatives) 183
Administrative Support 51
Comfort 93
Disruptive Conduct 136

Administrative Behavior

Supported Scholars 0
Sanctioned Scholars 0
Successful Disinvitations 0


Speech Code YELLOW
  • Kent State University: Proposed Restriction on Campus Free Speech Rock

    September 24, 2020

    Students painted dueling messages on the Kent State free speech rock in August 2020 after protests over the homicide of George Floyd, and some of the messages offended members of the university community. In response, the university stated that it is exploring ways to address offensive expression on the rock, including potentially removing the rock…. Read more