Northern Arizona University

Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

Northern Arizona 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
  • Standards for the Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2019

    Unlawful or unauthorized uses may include, but are not limited to, harassment and intimidation of individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation or disability; accessing, creation, display or transmission of obscenity, child pornography or material harmful to minors as de... Read More
  • Student Life: Statement Regarding Planned Events

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    A planned event is a rally, demonstration, march, or other group event which is organized and promoted more than one day prior to the event; this does not include spontaneous demonstrations for which there is no prior promotion or organization. Prior to sponsoring a planned event, the organization representative sho... Read More
  • Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy: Discrimination

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 19, 2018

    Harassment is a specific form of discrimination. It is unwelcome behavior, based upon an individual’s actual or perceived protected status, where, in aggregate, the incidents are sufficiently pervasive or severe that a reasonable person with the same characteristics as the victim of the harassing conduct would be ad... Read More
  • Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 19, 2018

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, education, or participation in Board or university activities or creating an ... Read More
  • Student Life: Statement Regarding Planned Events

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    The right to freedom of expression is protected by the First Amendment and is upheld by the Arizona Board of Regents and Northern Arizona University. Northern Arizona University supports the free expression of individual and group views on a variety of topics. The creation and maintenance of productive environments ... Read More
  • Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 18, 2018

    Endangering, threatening, or causing physical harm to any member of the university community or to oneself, causing reasonable apprehension of such harm or engaging in conduct or communications that a reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of intent to harm. … Stalking or engaging in repeate... Read More
  • One million students now attend colleges with FIRE’s highest free speech rating

    February 26, 2019

    Northern Arizona University revises policies to become 48th institution nationwide to earn FIRE’s highest speech rating Arizona becomes only state where all rated colleges earn FIRE’s best rating for free speech FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2019 — Today, Northern Arizona University earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest rating for free speech, bringing… Read more

  • Northern Arizona University earns FIRE’s highest rating for free speech

    February 26, 2019

    Northern Arizona University revises policies to become one of only 48 institutions nationwide to earn FIRE’s “green light” speech rating Arizona becomes first state where all rated colleges earn the highest rating For the first time, the number of students at schools with highest rating surpasses 1 million FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2019 — While… Read more

  • Student Spotlight: Beth Baumann, Championing Free Speech at Northern Arizona University

    July 11, 2014

    In September 2011, when Beth Baumann of Northern Arizona University (NAU) made plans to commemorate the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, she never expected to be shut down by her school. After all, who would stop students from handing out miniature American flags, pins, and bumper stickers? But when inclement weather forced her and two compatriots to move their commemoration from the courtyard outside of the student union into the building itself, they unknowingly exited the school’s free speech zone.

  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2005

    December 29, 2005

    An outrageous number of colleges and universities severely restrict their students’ expressive rights—so many that researching and analyzing these restrictions is my full-time job. As 2005 draws to a close, I would like to highlight just a few of the particularly outrageous (but, sadly, quite common) restrictions that I found in the course of my… Read more

  • Beating the Drum in Arizona

    December 1, 2005

    Back in October, Northern Arizona University “won” the distinction of being named FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month. Not surprisingly, that earned the university some bad publicity, including a newspaper editorial appropriately titled “NAU’s restrictive speech code is an unconstitutional disgrace.” And it turns out NAU’s time in the hot seat isn’t over. Its deplorable… Read more

  • Hey, Derek Zoolander: Stay away from Flagstaff!

    November 16, 2005

    Remember Derek Zoolander? Many college students do. He is Ben Stiller’s character in the 2001 comedy “Zoolander.” And it’s a good thing he didn’t attend Northern Arizona University. At one point in the movie, Derek says, “Rufus, Brint, and Meekus were like brothers to me. And when I say brother, I don’t mean, like, an… Read more

  • Editorial Board Denounces ‘Speech Code of the Month’ School

    November 1, 2005

    Troy University isn’t the only place where ghoulish speech codes are under assault from the forces of light and truth this Halloween. FIRE is happy to report that last Sunday, the East Valley Tribune editorialized against Northern Arizona University’s speech code, which was FIRE’s “Speech Code of the Month” in October. The whole editorial, appropriately… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Northern Arizona University

    September 30, 2005

    FIRE announces the Speech Code of the Month for October 2005: Northern Arizona University. \Northern Arizona University, a public institution, maintains a Safe Working and Learning Environment Policy providing that “[p]rohibited harassment includes, but is not limited to, stereotyping, negative comments or jokes, explicit threats, segregation, and verbal or physical assault when any of these… Read more