Texas A&M University – College Station

Location: College Station, Texas
Type: Public
Thank Texas A&M University – College Station for its commitment to free speech.

Speech Code Rating

Texas A&M University – College Station has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
25
  • Student Rules: Student Conduct Code

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

    Harassment. Behavior that is severe, pervasive, or persistent to a degree that a reasonable person similarly situated would be prevented from accessing an educational opportunity or benefit. This behavior includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, and coercion. Read More
  • 08.01.01.M1 Civil Rights Compliance

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

    Hostile environment – a situation in which there is unwelcome harassing conduct based on a legally protected class that is severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create a work, educational, or campus living environment that a reasonable person would consider objectively offensive. The determination of whether an... Read More
  • Residence Life Handbook: Harassment

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

    The Department of Residence Life will not tolerate verbal or written threats, intimidation, violence or other forms of illegal harassment against any member of the university community. Read More
  • Student Rules: Racial and Ethnic Harassment

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

    Racial and Ethnic Harassment is discrimination based on race, color, or national origin and involves behavior that is so severe and pervasive and objectively offensive so as to interfere with or limit the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by Texas ... Read More
  • 08.01.01 Civil Rights Compliance: Sexual harassment

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

    Sexual harassment – a form of sex discrimination. Unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex (of a sexual nature or otherwise): … determined by a reasonable person to be so severe and pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the member’s education program or activity; ... Read More
  • Stop Hate: Hate/Bias Definition

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    The university defines a “bias complaint” as any report of a threat or act of harassment or intimidation which is directed against or targets a person or groups of persons of the Texas A&M community because of that person’s age, color, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation,... Read More
  • Student Rules: Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    A student shall have the right to participate in a free exchange of ideas, and there shall be no University rule or administrative rule that in any way abridges the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Read More
  • Student Rules: Appendix XI- Rules on Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    As a public institution of higher learning, Texas A&M University provides forums for the expression of ideas and opinions. These include: Traditional public forums include the University’s public streets, sidewalks, parks, and similar common areas. These areas are generally available for expressive activity, pl... Read More
  • Student Rules: Basic Rules and Procedures Governing Student Life

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    The student retains the rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States … Read More
  • Student Rules: Appendix V- Individual Responsibility for Use of Computing Resources and Facilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    Communications that are threatening, discriminatory, or disruptive may result in disciplinary action because they are not speech protected by the First Amendment. Read More
  • Student Rules: Soliciting on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    The term “solicit” is defined as the taking of orders, sales, rentals or donations. Any solicitation on campus must have the approval of the University Concessions Committee, through the Department of Student Activities, whether such solicitation is by an officially recognized student organization, university organi... 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 25
Ideological Diversity 42

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 63.67
Openness 8.12
Tolerance (Liberals) 9.77
Tolerance (Conservatives) 8.93
Administrative Support 5.81
Comfort 14.88
Disruptive Conduct 10.16
Speech Code GREEN