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: Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    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 Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    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 s... Read More
  • Posting & Advertising Policy: General Guidelines for Posting on Bulletin Boards

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    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
  • Posting & Advertising Policy: Appendix IV: Housing & Residence Life Posting Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    Posters/flyers cannot mention or show: alcohol, drug use, gambling, profanity, discriminatory language or other violations of the code of Student Conduct and/or Community Living Standards. Read More
  • Demonstration Guidelines

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    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 Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    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
  • Demonstration Guidelines: Philosophy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    Tulane University’s purpose is to create, communicate and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to think, to learn and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom. Congruent with that purpose, Tulane is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas c... 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

  • Meaningful presumption of innocence
  • Timely and adequate written notice
  • Time to prepare with evidence
  • Impartial fact-finders
  • Meaningful hearing process
  • Right to present to fact-finder
  • Right to meaningful cross-ex
  • Active participation of advisor
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Unanimity or clear and convincing evidence
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Worst IT Policies: Civility Edition

    May 13, 2020

    With students having shifted to online learning during COVID-19, FIRE is highlighting a selection of the college and university policies nationwide that most seriously restrict students’ online speech. Today, we’re looking at IT policies that require “civility” in online communications. Colleges are free to suggest, as an aspirational goal, that students be “civil” in their… Read more

  • 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