University of Alabama at Birmingham

Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Alabama at Birmingham has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

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118
  • Residence Life Handbook: The UAB Inclusive Campus Commitment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    I will strive to build an inclusive community at UAB. I believe that every student, faculty member, and staff member has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth. I will work to ensure that my behavior and my actions do not harass or make fun of anyone due to their race, gender, culture, faith, ... Read More
  • Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Discriminatory Harassment of a Non-Sexual Nature The same principles related to sexual harassment also apply to harassment on the basis of any characteristic that is protected by law.  Thus, UAB’s policy prohibits discriminatory harassment of a non-sexual nature, which includes verbal, physical, or graphic conduct t... Read More
  • Residence Life Handbook: Respect for Persons

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    2. The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life respects and celebrates the diversity of its residents. Acts of intolerance and /or harassment due to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, religion, disability, or sexual orientation are neither appropriate nor tolerated. 3. Residents will refrain from ... Read More
  • Residence Life Handbook: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Harassment is defined as an attempt made to threaten another person(s) physically, emotionally or mentally by using verbal language, or electronic communication, including, but not limited to, text messaging and social networking sites. Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Harassment/Endangerment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Engaging in unwelcome conduct directed towards an individual through any action, method, device, or means (e.g., physical, verbal, graphic, written, electronic) which is so severe and/or pervasive, and objectively offensive that it interferes with or denies an individual access to an educational opportunity or benef... Read More
  • Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, when the conditions outlined in (a) and/or (b), below, are present. Gender-Based Harassment includes harassment based on gender, sex... Read More
  • Title IX Student Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Sexual harassment prohibited by this Policy is defined as conduct based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a se... Read More
  • Acceptable Use of Computer and Network Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Users shall take full responsibility for data that they store in University computers, portable devices and transmit through network facilities.  No one shall use University computers or network facilities to store or transmit data in ways that are prohibited by law or University policy, standards, and rules.  Users... Read More
  • Freedom of Expression and Use of UAB Facilities Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Outdoor Areas of campus are available for non-amplified spontaneous express activity by students, administrators, faculty, and staff at any time without the need for reservations or prior approval, unless the space is already reserved. Students, staff, and faculty shall be permitted to assemble and engage in spontan... 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 118
Ideological Diversity 48

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 57.73
Openness 9.44
Tolerance (Liberals) 8.89
Tolerance (Conservatives) 7.01
Administrative Support 5.99
Comfort 16.22
Disruptive Conduct 10.18
Speech Code YELLOW
  • FIRE warns UAB not to punish professor over tweet about Rush Limbaugh’s death

    February 23, 2021

    The death last Wednesday of Rush Limbaugh, the hugely influential and provocative talk radio host, predictably elicited a variety of public reactions, from mournful tributes to blunt ridicule. Sarah Parcak, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was among those on social media who reacted to Limbaugh’s passing with contempt. Now, UAB is… Read more