University of Houston

Location: Houston, Texas
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Houston 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
  • Administrative Memorandum No. 01.D.07: Anti-Discrimination Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 3, 2020

    Harassment – Subjecting an individual on the basis of her or his membership in a Protected Class to unlawful severe, pervasive, or persistent treatment that constitutes: • Humiliating, abusive, or threatening conduct or behavior that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group; • An intim... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Violation of Established Student Housing and Residential Life Policies, Procedures and/or License Agreements

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 3, 2020

    Displaying obscene (as defined by Texas or federal law) or discriminatory information/materials that cause, or would be reasonably likely to cause, mental harm to another or that is in violation of University policies. Read More
  • Administrative Memorandum No. 01.D.08: Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 3, 2020

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome, sex-based verbal, written or physical conduct that: … in the education context, is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the educational programs or activities at a postsecondary educa... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Mental or Bodily Harm

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 3, 2020

    (a) Intentionally inflicting mental or bodily harm upon any person; (b) taking any action for the purpose of inflicting mental or bodily harm upon any person; (c) taking any reckless, but not accidental, action from which mental or bodily harm could result to any person; (d) engaging in conduct, including, but not l... Read More
  • Policy 10.03.01: Acceptable Use of Information Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 3, 2020

    Users are responsible for respecting the rights of other users by not engaging in any behavior that creates an unlawfully hostile environment for other individuals. Read More
  • Policy 13.01.01: Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 3, 2020

    Those who wish to engage in an expressive activity (including literature distribution) may engage in such expressive activity in the University’s common areas (e.g., University parks and sidewalks) without prior registration or approval. … If an expressive activity attracts an audience of 25 or more people, di... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • University of Houston promises to respect students’ rights, clarify free speech policies

    June 20, 2019

    Late last month, the University of Houston agreed to clear up its conflicting policies on student expression in response to criticism from FIRE. UH’s new commitments are in response to a FIRE letter sent on May 16 to the university regarding its police telling the Coogs for Israel student group that they could not table… Read more

  • University of Houston reacts fast to protect free speech

    November 14, 2017

    Readers often ask how a school can maintain FIRE’s highest, “green light” rating in light of incidents of censorship at that institution. Our answer has always been that our ratings system is designed only to evaluate an institution’s written policies. While a university’s policies are one useful data point to consider when evaluating a university’s… Read more

  • University of Houston Student Government Rescinds Suspension of VP for Facebook Post

    August 9, 2016

    Last week on The Torch, FIRE’s Will Creeley explored the legal and practical issues surrounding a decision by the University of Houston Student Government Association (SGA) to suspend its vice president, Rohini Sethi, in response to her Facebook post: “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter.” On August 5, the SGA announced on Facebook that Sethi’s suspension… Read more

  • Following ‘#AllLivesMatter’ Post, University of Houston Student Leader Punished by Student Government

    August 2, 2016

    Early last month, University of Houston student body vice president Rohini Sethi posted “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter” on her Facebook account following the shooting deaths of five police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. The controversy that has ensued continues this week, raising interesting questions about student government and the First… Read more

  • Texas Students, FIRE’s Joe Cohn is Coming to a Campus Near You

    October 6, 2014

    Yeehaw! Joe Cohn, FIRE’s Legislative and Policy Director, will be traveling across the Lone Star State for a rootin’ tootin’ Texan campus tour. Students and faculty at or near the University of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University at San Marcos, and Texas A&M are invited… Read more

  • Zoning Out Free Speech at Joliet Junior College

    January 4, 2007

    Last week, the Daily Southtown (Ill.) published an editorial criticizing the trustees of Joliet Junior College for adopting a new free speech zone policy. Although the new policy seems to be improved because it moves these zones closer to where students actually gather, the editorial board rightly questions why the policy wasn’t completely abolished. The… Read more

  • William Paterson University’s Disgrace

    August 10, 2005

    Fully understanding that geographical distance is no reason not to weigh in on affronts to the most crucial liberties, the editorial board of The Daily Cougar, the University of Houston’s student newspaper, has written a superb piece on FIRE’s case at William Paterson University. After summarizing the facts of the case, the editorial board correctly… Read more