University of Maryland – College Park

Location: College Park, Maryland
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Maryland – College Park 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.
  • University of Maryland Policy on the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 26, 2018

    Freedom of expression and an open environment to pursue scholarly inquiry and for sharing of information are encouraged, supported, and protected at the University of Maryland. These values lie at the core of our academic community. Censorship is not compatible with the tradition and goals of the university. Read More
  • University of Maryland Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 10, 2016

    “Harassment” is unwelcome conduct based on a person’s protected status, that is so severe or pervasive as to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment that unreasonably interferes with work or academic performance or negatively affects an individual’s employment or academic opportunit... Read More
  • Event & Guest Services Policy Manual: Demonstrations/Leafleting

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 26, 2018

    The University of Maryland supports the right of individual students, faculty, staff and student organizations to demonstrate and leaflet, provided such activities do not disrupt normal activities or infringe upon the rights of others. … The following guidelines apply to all demonstrations, rallies, leafleting... Read More
  • Community Living, The Residence Halls Handbook: Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 26, 2018

    The University is committed to creating and maintaining an educational living and learning environment that respects the right of all individuals to participate fully in the community. Conduct that threatens others’ sense of their rightful place in their homes on campus is damaging to the campus community. Discrimin... Read More
  • University of Maryland Sexual Misconduct Policy & Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 26, 2018

    “Sexual Harassment” means: (a) unwelcome sexual advances; (b) unwelcome requests for sexual favors; or (c) other behavior of a sexual or gender-based nature where … (iii) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance, i.e., it is sufficient... Read More
  • Department of Resident Life: Our Multicultural Philosophy- Responsibilities of Resident Students

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 26, 2018

    It is our belief that conduct that damages any person or group as detailed below constitutes a legitimate threat to the health and welfare of our community. Such acts are inherently anti-intellectual and contradict the institutional goals of education and enlightenment. As such, discrimination, harassment, intimidat... Read More
  • Controversy over Chinese student’s pro-free speech commencement address covered by The Washington Post

    May 30, 2017

    In an article titled “A Chinese student praised the ‘fresh air of free speech’ at a U.S. college. Then came the backlash,” The Washington Post told the story of University of Maryland student Yang Shuping, whose commencement address featuring a full-throated defense of free speech sparked outrage from many Chinese critics. According to The Washington… Read more

  • In Maryland and California, University Leaders Set Example with Commitments to Free Speech

    January 27, 2017

    Regular readers of FIRE’s website are all too familiar with campus administrators censoring student and faculty speech, particularly when faced with controversial or unpopular viewpoints. For one example of thousands, we issued a press release Wednesday calling on Fordham University to honor its promises of free expression by reversing its misguided denial of recognition to… Read more

  • Diverse Groups Sponsor University of Maryland Free Speech Rally

    November 2, 2016

    Halloween has been a flashpoint for free-speech controversies for many years, but at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), a “green light” school, students took a different approach. Shelby and I participated in a Free Speech Rally at which the College Park Students for Liberty, the Black Student Union, Terps for Trump, the UMD… Read more

  • University of Maryland Earns FIRE’s Highest Rating for Free Speech

    February 12, 2016

    COLLEGE PARK, Md., February 12, 2016—The University of Maryland (UMD) has eliminated all of its restrictive speech policies, earning the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE’s) highest, “green light” rating. FIRE worked with UMD to revise its speech codes, and UMD now joins the prestigious group of colleges and universities that have reformed their… Read more

  • Amid Campus Protests, University Presidents Push Dialogue and Engagement

    November 18, 2015

    University of Maryland (UMD) President Wallace D. Loh wrote an interesting and thoughtful opinion piece this week for TIME’s Ideas blog. It addressed how a university administrator and the larger campus community can respond to campus protests against racial injustice while upholding free speech protections for unpopular speech. He emphasized that both are important components of… Read more

  • U. of Maryland Groups Team Up to Screen ‘American Sniper’

    May 1, 2015

    In my last Torch entry, I detailed how the Clint Eastwood-directed movie American Sniper, about Navy sniper Chris Kyle, has lately been a major cultural stumbling block on college campuses around the country. Many have argued that American Sniper encourages anti-Arab sentiment, such that it creates an unsafe campus environment for Arab and Arab-American students—an… Read more

  • U. of Maryland’s President Loh Responds to Offensive Email, Remembers First Amendment

    April 2, 2015

    Public college presidents are sometimes faced with pressure to expel or otherwise punish students expressing controversial or offensive opinions, even if the speech is unquestionably protected by the First Amendment. The University of Oklahoma’s (OU’s) President David Boren and the University of Maryland’s (UMD’s) President Wallace Loh both faced this pressure recently. On March 10,… Read more

  • FIRE Statement on University of Maryland Kappa Sigma Email Controversy

    March 16, 2015

    A recently uncovered email reportedly written by a University of Maryland student and Kappa Sigma fraternity member containing racial slurs has raised the question of whether the email constitutes protected expression under the First Amendment. Unless there are more factors of which we are not yet aware, the answer is yes. The Supreme Court of… Read more

  • FIRE’s Will Creeley to Speak at University of Maryland Tomorrow

    April 15, 2013

    Tomorrow, FIRE Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley travels to the University of Maryland (UMD) at College Park to speak about student rights on campus. The speech will begin at 3:30 p.m. in LeFrak Hall, room 2205. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the UMD Department… Read more

  • University System of Maryland Regents Choose First Amendment, Reject Policy on Pornography

    November 13, 2009

    In a vote earlier this week, the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents declined to impose a policy on pornography on the eleven schools under its jurisdiction. By rejecting calls to create a policy regarding the screening on campus of films "purely for entertainment purposes," the Board of Regents struck a blow for the First Amendment… Read more

  • In Letter to ‘Washington Post,’ FIRE’s Creeley Criticizes Mandatory ‘Pornography’ Policy in Maryland Colleges

    October 19, 2009

    Last week The Washington Post published an editorial criticizing the Maryland State Senate’s imposition of a requirement that all schools in the state’s university system craft a comprehensive policy "on the use of public higher education facilities for the displaying or screening of obscene films and materials." This measure, spearheaded by Senator Andrew P. Harris,… Read more

  • Rights in the News: At Maryland, Virginia Tech, UMass and Elsewhere, FIRE Cases Grabbing Headlines

    April 10, 2009

    Another week, another crush of FIRE cases from around the country battling for headlines. I’ll start with Greg’s Huffington Post blog on the controversy swirling around the University of Maryland campus in the wake of a legislator’s threat to pull funding from the university if it allowed students to screen an adult film on campus—which,… Read more

  • Greg in ‘Huffington Post’: A ‘Valuable Lesson’ for Maryland

    April 9, 2009

    Adding to the frenzy of local, national, and international press generated by recent events at the University of Maryland, Greg has taken to The Huffington Post with a simple message for Maryland State Senator Andrew P. Harris: "If you don’t want to help someone spread their message, don’t attempt to censor them." Greg’s message to… Read more

  • Greg in ‘Huffington Post’ on ‘Hell Week for Campus Free Speech’

    April 3, 2009

    Defending free speech is often an exhilarating and rewarding experience, fighting the good fight in an uphill battle for constitutional rights against an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But sometimes, and this was one of those weeks, that hill looks pretty steep. Greg writes in his latest column on The Huffington Post on… Read more

  • Maryland Senators and University of Maryland Violate First Amendment over X-Rated Film Showings

    April 3, 2009

    Under intense pressure from the Maryland Senate, the University of Maryland has cancelled a student-run campus event that would have included an educational event by Planned Parenthood and then a screening of the self-described "XXX"-rated film Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge. Maryland Senator Andrew P. Harris introduced this amendment to the budget bill that happened to… Read more

  • Incident Demonstrates Lack of First Amendment Ethos at the University of Maryland

    August 17, 2007

    An article in The Examiner in Philadelphia notes a recent incident at the University of Maryland at College Park. A female student wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “I Stand for Israel” approached the register of the Maryland Food Collective, a store that rents space in the university student union, to purchase some culinary… Read more