Tulane University

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating
Tulane University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more
Due Process Rating

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  • Technology Services: Guidelines for Email Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    The use of University email for following is prohibited: Creating or disseminating inappropriate or offensive messages, including racial or sexist slurs, pornography, harassing communication and threats of violence. Read More
  • Technology Services: Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    Respectful Communication. You agree to communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful. You agree to not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that violates applicable laws or the University’s code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminator... Read More
  • Posting & Advertising Policy: Distribution/Solicitation

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    Tulane University has a No Solicitation policy. Solicitations and promotions are not permitted on campus grounds or in campus buildings, including residence halls. The distribution (handing out to passers-by) of noncommercial, informational materials is allowed outside campus buildings only by recognized stud... Read More
  • Posting & Advertising Policy: General Guidelines for Posting on Bulletin Boards

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    c.     Publicity must not degrade groups or individuals. d.    The Division of University Services reserves the right to reject publicity material if it is deemed inappropriate or if it fails to comply with the university guidelines. Read More
  • Bias Incidents, Discrimination, & Your Rights

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    Tulane University values an open and affirming learning and work environment, void of homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of gender- and sex-based bias and discrimination. If you have seen homophobic or transphobic graffiti or language used on campus or witnessed or experienced harassment,... Read More
  • Posting & Advertising Policy: Appendix IV: Housing & Residence Life Posting Policies

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    Students are free to post signs, artwork, advertisements, etc. in good taste on the exterior side of the door to their individual room. Resident Advisors may ask students with inappropriate postings on their doors to remove them. Read More
  • Tulane University Demonstration Guidelines

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    The University expects that the expression of views be made with respect for the dignity and freedom of others. … Demonstrations must be registered at least two business days prior to the demonstration via the Demonstration Registration Form on OrgSync. It is recommended that demonstration organizers regis... Read More
  • Equal Opportunity/Anti‐Discrimination Policies

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 28, 2018

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature by faculty, administrators, staff, students, and individuals affiliated with Tulane University by contract (including non-employees, such as vendors and independent contractors) or by anyone with whom one interacts in order to pursue educational or employmen... Read More

Policies are rated on their inclusion of 10 due process safeguards. Each policy may receive 2 points for fully including that safeguard, 1 point for partial inclusion, and 0 points for no meaningful inclusion. Most, but not all, institutions have separate policies for sexual misconduct and all other misconduct. See FIRE’s Spotlight on Due Process report for more information.


All Cases

  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Compelling ‘Civility’

    June 1, 2012

    Earlier this week, an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) discussed the growing popularity on college campuses of programs aimed at promoting civility. While one might reasonably ask whether there is a connection between exorbitant tuition rates, administrative bloat, and programs such as the "transformational, saturation approach" civility projects discussed in the… Read more

  • ‘Tulane Hullabaloo’ on Tulane’s Speech Codes

    February 3, 2012

    Today, the editorial board of The Tulane Hullabaloo, the student paper at Tulane University, has written an editorial in support of FIRE’s analysis of Tulane’s "red light" policies. The piece quotes FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley and calls for the university to promote free speech on campus. The editorial board writes, in part: "There’s… Read more

  • See No Evil: Tulane Students Vote to Ban Gossip Site ‘CollegeACB’

    May 7, 2010

    Torch readers will remember the controversy surrounding JuicyCampus.com, the much-reviled gossip website that was a frequent target of calls for banishment from university networks on the basis of the often salacious, sometimes malicious comments posted to it by students. JuicyCampus folded on February 4, 2009, but its spirit lives on in the form of CollegeACB.com…. Read more

  • Tulane University Contemplates Adopting ‘Preponderance of Evidence’ Standard for Student Judiciary Affairs

    December 2, 2009

    Tulane University’s Student Affairs Committee recently voted to pass a revised Student Code of Conduct that, among other measures, would lower the standard of evidence in student disciplinary matters from one of "clear and convincing evidence" to a "preponderance of evidence." As the Tulane student newspaper The Hullabaloo reports, the new Code of Conduct still… Read more