Saint Louis University

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Type: Private

Speech Code Rating

Saint Louis University has been given the speech code rating Warning. FIRE provides a "Warning" rating to prospective students and faculty members when a private university clearly and consistently states that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech. Read more

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
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  • Academic Catalog: 2.7 Community Standards ViolationsBehavior that fails to uphold the University’s mission, values, objectives and responsibilities; behavior that fails to model good citizenship.

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    21. Inappropriate Conduct Behavior that fails to uphold the University’s mission, values, objectives and responsibilities; behavior that fails to model good citizenship. 22. Indecent Conduct Sexually explicit, graphic, abusive, degrading, intimidating, or offensive jokes, comments, remarks, gestures, and acts.... Read More
  • Policy on Speech, Expression and Civil Discourse: 2.2.6 Catholic Identity

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    In some instances, the University’s senior administration may determine that it is important to offer a perspective in accordance with the University’s Catholic, Jesuit identity if the subject matter of a speech, performance, or presentation is clearly contrary to moral and social teachings of the... Read More
  • Academic Catalog: 1.3 Appropriate Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    Use in violation of other University policies or use that is inconsistent with the University’s Catholic Jesuit mission and ideals also violates this policy. Such other University policies include, but are not limited to, those regarding sexual harassment and racial and ethnic harassment, conduct codes of the ... Read More
  • Academic Catalog: 1.9 Bias-Related Incident Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Not Yet Rated
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 1, 2021

    Members of the Saint Louis University community should seek to understand and appreciate the University’s values and mission, including respect for the dignity of all persons, individual safety, and civil engagement within the community. Those community ideals apply both in person and in contributions through social... 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 N/A
Ideological Diversity 99

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 52.69
Openness 9.31
Tolerance (Liberals) 10.62
Tolerance (Conservatives) 7.11
Administrative Support 5.7
Comfort 15.87
Disruptive Conduct 10.09
Speech Code N/A
  • New (and, Fortunately, Failed) Disinvitation Attempts Span Political Spectrum

    February 12, 2015

    Last year, FIRE published a report detailing the growing trend of “disinvitations” of invited speakers on college campuses. This month, students at Texas Tech University and Saint Louis University (SLU) are proving that “disinvitation season” is taking place throughout the year, and that demands for revoked invitations for speakers are not limited to one side… Read more

  • Saint Louis University Kicks Political Speech Off Campus

    April 9, 2014

    Last fall, Saint Louis University (SLU) demanded a student group take an event featuring former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown off campus. SLU justified its wrongful decision to prevent Brown from appearing on campus out of misguided concerns for its tax-exempt status. With the 2014 midterm elections on the horizon, FIRE calls on SLU to once and for all stop using this excuse to suppress political speech on campus.