University of Arizona

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

University of Arizona has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. 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

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
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  • Arizona Board of Regents Policy 1-119: Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2021

    “Harassment” is a specific form of discrimination. It is unwelcome behavior, based on a protected classification, that a reasonable person would perceive to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for academic pursuits, employment, or participation... Read More
  • Acceptable Use of Computers and Networks Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2021

    Using the University’s computer or network resources in violation of policy or for illegal activity is strictly prohibited. Prohibited uses may include, but are not limited to, harassment and intimidation of individuals in violation of the University’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, obscenity, c... Read More
  • Arizona Board of Regents Policy 1-119: Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy- Title IX Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2021

    “Title IX Sexual Harassment” is a subset of sexual harassment and is conduct, based on sex, that constitutes one or more of the following: (a) unwelcome conduct, occurring in the United States, that a reasonable person would find so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equ... Read More
  • Campus Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2021

    The purpose of this policy is to respect the Campus Community’s rights to free speech and expressive activity within public and designated public forums, while preserving public health, safety, and welfare; the normal business uses of the campus; and the rights of others to legitimately use and enjoy the campus. ... Read More
  • Policy on Threatening Behavior by Students

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2021

    “Threatening behavior” means any statement, communication, conduct, or gesture, including those in written form, directed toward any member of the University community that causes a reasonable apprehension of physical harm to a person or property. A student can be guilty of threatening behavior even if the person w... Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 20,000 students at 55 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. In 2020, 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 -4-100. See the full report on FIRE’s 2020 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.

 

Rankings / out of 154 colleges surveyed

Overall Ranking 9
Ideological Diversity 5

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 66.41
Openness 9.61
Tolerance (Liberals) 10.1
Tolerance (Conservatives) 8.18
Administrative Support 6.07
Comfort 16.1
Disruptive Conduct 10.35
Speech Code GREEN
  • Congressman’s call for investigation into University of Arizona faculty would, if granted, violate the First Amendment

    February 28, 2020

    Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos this week, requesting that the Department of Education ask the University of Arizona whether its “programs, statements and faculty” are “in compliance” with federal funding. The request, predicated on faculty members’ views on Israel and one professor’s endorsement of an academic… Read more

  • FIRE statement on charges against University of Arizona students

    April 2, 2019

    For protesting the appearance of Border Patrol agents at a March 19 campus event, two University of Arizona students face misdemeanor charges of interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution, and one of the two is also charged with intimidation. Per UA President Robert C. Robbins, both university administrators and university law enforcement are… Read more

  • One million students now attend colleges with FIRE’s highest free speech rating

    February 26, 2019

    Northern Arizona University revises policies to become 48th institution nationwide to earn FIRE’s highest speech rating Arizona becomes only state where all rated colleges earn FIRE’s best rating for free speech FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Feb. 26, 2019 — Today, Northern Arizona University earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s highest rating for free speech, bringing… Read more

  • University of Arizona earns FIRE’s highest rating for free speech

    February 6, 2019

    TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2019 — The oldest university in Arizona has brought all of its speech policies in line with the First Amendment, earning the highest speech code rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. The University of Arizona is the second institution in the state of Arizona to earn the “green… Read more

  • Arizona appellate court reverses forced disclosure of professors’ academic records

    September 21, 2017

    In a recent decision implicating academic freedom and open records laws, the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision ordering the University of Arizona to disclose the private academic records of two climate scientists. The court’s decision in Energy & Environment Legal Institute v. Arizona Board of Regents is a victory for professorial… Read more

  • New University of Arizona Symposium Focuses on First Amendment Issues in Higher Ed

    June 24, 2016

    Free speech on campus was the topic of the day Wednesday at the University of Arizona’s (UA’s) inaugural Constitutional Issues in Higher Education Symposium. Erwin Chemerinsky, the constitutional law scholar and founding dean of University of California, Irvine School of Law, delivered the keynote address at the day-long event dedicated to exploring “the numerous intersections… Read more

  • Another state court upholds a university’s decision to withhold requested faculty records

    April 17, 2015

    Exactly one year ago today, Virginia’s highest court issued an important ruling balancing government transparency with academic freedom for public university faculty. And last month, an Arizona state court did the same. On April 17, 2014, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the University of Virginia did not violate the state’s Freedom of Information Act… Read more

  • Arizona Legislators Write to U. of Arizona in Defense of Academic Freedom

    August 25, 2014

    After the University of Arizona (UA) terminated its contract with researcher Suzanne Sisley, 17 Senators and Representatives from the Arizona State Legislature wrote to UA’s president and board of trustees in defense of Sisley, urging the university to reinstate a planned medicinal marijuana study under her direction.

  • U. of Arizona Prof’s Marijuana Study Remains in Limbo

    August 12, 2014

    The future of University of Arizona (UA) Professor Suzanne Sisley’s research on the potential benefits of marijuana for treating post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans remains uncertain after a letter from FIRE and continuing media coverage of the case.

  • University of Arizona Professor Alleges Retaliation for Marijuana Study

    July 3, 2014

    University of Arizona (UA) Professor Suzanne A. Sisley has alleged that the university chose not to renew her contract in retaliation for her advocacy and research relating to medical uses for marijuana.

  • Another Student Preacher Faces Punishment for Controversial Message

    April 3, 2014

    All too often on college campuses, police forget that their job is to protect students, not censor them. Over the weekend, Dean Saxton, a student preacher at the University of Arizona (UA), was arrested twice for disorderly conduct because of his preaching.

  • U. of Arizona Students Follow Dean’s Suggestion: Fight Bad Speech with More Speech

    April 30, 2013

    The University of Arizona Campus in Tuscon – Flickr user UGArdener This Sunday in the University of Arizona student newspaper the Arizona Daily Wildcat, interim Dean of Students Kendal Washington White wrote to reiterate the importance of protecting expression that falls outside unprotected categories of speech like true threats and incitement—even if that speech is offensive. Many… Read more

  • Misunderstanding ‘Time, Place, and Manner’ Restrictions

    November 6, 2012

    This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a "green light" rating from us—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the… Read more

  • Posting Policies Frequently Restrict Student Expression

    October 30, 2012

    This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a "green light" rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the… Read more

  • Student Scrutinizes University of Arizona’s Speech Codes in Campus Op-Ed

    October 14, 2011

    University of Arizona (UA) student and Campus Freedom Network member Jonathan Messing penned an excellent op-ed in the UA campus newspaper the Daily Wildcat yesterday, drawing attention to the university’s speech codes. As Jonathan points out, UA currently maintains two yellow-light policies restricting student speech. While these policies undoubtedly chill campus dialogue and discussion, the… Read more

  • University of Arizona Eliminates Unconstitutional Civility Policy, Earns ‘Yellow Light’ Rating from FIRE

    September 2, 2011

    Congratulations to the University of Arizona (UA) for eliminating its one remaining “red light” speech code, a policy on “Civility,” from its Community Living Guide. As a result of this policy change, UA now has a “yellow light” rating from FIRE. UA’s former policy required students to be “respectful” in all of their relationships and banned “verbally,”… Read more

  • This Week in the News: Adam’s Vanderbilt Speech Still Provoking Discussion

    March 11, 2011

    Torch readers will remember that Adam delivered a speech at Vanderbilt University on February 23rd about Vanderbilt’s restrictive policies and free speech violations at other institutions. Trevor Williams of The Vanderbilt Torch (no relation) was the most recent author to write about Adam’s critique of Vanderbilt’s sexual harassment policy, community creed, and other speech-restrictive policies…. Read more

  • Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee: University of Arizona Student Government’s Thanksgiving Double Standard Exposed

    November 24, 2010

    The Freshman Class Council of the Associated Students of The University of Arizona (ASUA) sent out invitations to a "Pilgrim and Indian" Thanksgiving dinner recently, asking attendees to "break out those buckle hats and feathers" and come in costume. Why is this news? Because as Anna Swenson of the Student Free Press Association reports, this… Read more

  • Victory for Freedom of Association for University of Arizona Pro-Life Group

    April 21, 2010

    In today’s press release, FIRE announces that the University of Arizona has reversed course and granted its Students for Life (SFL) group official recognition, which gives the group equal access to university resources. After SFL’s application was initially denied by UA’s student government because the group’s proposed constitution required that members share the group’s beliefs about… Read more

  • Victory: Pro-Life Student Group Finally Recognized at University of Arizona

    April 21, 2010

    TUCSON, Ariz., April 21, 2010—In a victory for freedom of association, the University of Arizona has reversed course and granted its Students for Life (SFL) group official recognition. The decision gives the group equal access to university resources. SFL’s application was initially denied by UA’s student government because the group’s proposed constitution required that members share… Read more

  • Victory for Freedom of Expression at University of Arizona; Showing of ‘Not Evil, Just Wrong’ Back on Schedule

    October 13, 2009

    The University of Arizona has reversed course and permitted the College Republicans to screen the film Not Evil, Just Wrong as originally scheduled, just days after telling the group that its reservation was being cancelled due to a scheduling mistake. The "mix-up" was discovered only 11 days before the event, making it difficult to reschedule…. Read more

  • Victory for Freedom of Speech at University of Arizona: Refund of Security Fee for Controversial Speaker

    July 6, 2009

    Today’s press release announces yet another FIRE victory on behalf of a student group unfairly burdened with the cost of bringing controversial speakers to campus. Late last week, FIRE learned that the University of Arizona was reversing its decision to charge the College Republicans $384.72 in extra security fees for an event featuring author and… Read more

  • Victory for Freedom of Speech at University of Arizona: Refund of Security Fee for Controversial Speaker Marks First Victory Posted on New FIRE Website

    July 6, 2009

    TUCSON, Ariz., July 6, 2009—The University of Arizona has rescinded its unconstitutional security fee for an event featuring author and conservative activist David Horowitz. After the university billed the College Republicans student group $384.72 for security that it did not request, the club came to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help…. Read more

  • Arizona ‘Daily Wildcat’ Fights Back Against Would-Be Censors

    November 14, 2008

    As those who follow FIRE know, the student press is often a target of college and university administrators who would rather conduct the operations of the university without the glaring light of public exposure shining upon them. Quinnipiac University is probably the foremost recent example of this tendency. Unfortunately, though, censorship of the press on… Read more

  • K. C. Johnson Strikes Again

    August 26, 2005

    The invaluable K. C. Johnson has an excellent op-ed in today’s Inside Higher Ed. K. C. does a wonderful job of collecting evidence that much of the ideological uniformity in higher education is not so much the result of “self-selection” but instead the product of an academic culture that uses ideology as a stand-in for… Read more