University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of North Carolina – Charlotte has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more
  • University Policy 406: Code of Student Responsibility- Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying –Engaging in unwelcome conduct directed toward a particular individual or identifiable group of individuals through any action, method, device, or means which is so severe or pervasive, and objectively offensive, that it unreasonably interferes with the target individual’s Univ... Read More
  • University Policy 406: Code of Student Responsibility- Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    Gender-Based Harassment – Engaging in unwelcome conduct based upon a target individual’s actual or perceived gender, including harassment based on gender identity or non-conformity with gender stereotypes, which is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s Univers... Read More
  • University Policy 503: Fighting Words Harassment in the University Community

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    This Policy prohibits the face-to-face use of “fighting words” by a student, faculty member, or staff member to harass any person or persons on the University campus or other property under University control. “Fighting words” are abusive words or phrases that: (1) inflict injury or are likel... Read More
  • UNC Charlotte Standard for Responsible Use

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    The following activities are specifically prohibited and considered violations of responsible use of university information resources: … Use of electronic mail messages or web pages that constitute invasion of privacy, harassment, defamation, threats, intimidation, or discrimination on a basis prohibited by fe... Read More
  • University Policy 406: Code of Student Responsibility- Philosophy and Purpose

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    The University embraces and strives to uphold the freedoms of expression and speech guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution. Read More
  • University Policy 502: Sexual Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    Sexual harassment of students is a form of prohibited sex discrimination. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a University employee, by another student, or by a third party, constitutes sexual harassment if such conduct is suffi... Read More
  • University Policy 406: Code of Student Responsibility- Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    Discriminatory Harassment/Intimidation – Engaging in unwelcome conduct directed toward a particular individual or identifiable group of individuals based upon the target individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, or veteran status through any action, method, ... Read More
  • University Policy 802: Conduct at Speech Events

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 29, 2019

    The transmission and advancement of knowledge and understanding flourishes in an environment in which the broadest range of ideas and ideologies may be freely expressed, examined, and debated. Read More
  • University of North Carolina System: State of the First Amendment

    January 10, 2006

    FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also… Read more

  • Anti-socialism display theft at UNCC raises free speech concerns

    November 15, 2019

    Being from Philly and living here, I am pretty used to walking by things I don’t like. Whether it’s trash in the street, protests around City Hall I don’t agree with, or Patriots fans breathing the air in my city, I’ve become accustomed to stroll past things I have a natural revulsion to. This approach… Read more

  • REPORT: North Carolina is home to some of America’s best colleges for free speech

    September 24, 2018

    Eight colleges in North Carolina earn FIRE’s highest rating for free speech — more than in any other state — but 17 still maintain policies that substantially restrict student expression. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2018 — A new report finds that North Carolina’s colleges and universities lead the way nationally for protecting student free speech. The… Read more

  • UNC Charlotte earns FIRE’s highest rating for free speech

    June 22, 2017

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 22, 2017 — The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s (FIRE’s) highest, “green light” rating for its commitment to the First Amendment. The state of North Carolina now has five institutions with this rating, more than any other state. “UNC Charlotte is showing… Read more

  • What Campus Leaders Had To Say About Free Speech This Week [UPDATED]

    October 7, 2016

    Campus leaders have recently been taking advantage of opportunities—sometimes under pressure—to explain their approach to freedom of speech and other principles enshrined in the First Amendment. How did they fare with such tests this week? The Good Washington State University (WSU) Members of WSU’s administration—President Kirk Schulz, Provost and Executive Vice President Dan Bernardo, and… Read more

  • FIRE’s Robert Shibley Speaking at UNC Charlotte Tomorrow

    September 24, 2014

    Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in the Charlotte area are invited to hear FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley speak at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in Fretwell Building, Room 113. Robert will be speaking about free speech on a panel with Alex Johnson from Generation Opportunity and Jason… Read more

  • Report Exposes Extensive Constitutional Violations in University of North Carolina System

    January 10, 2006

    RALEIGH, N.C., January 10, 2006—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released their Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report explains precisely what the First Amendment obligations of the UNC System schools are—and… Read more

  • The State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System

    January 10, 2006

    A Joint Report of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Executive Summary If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or… Read more

  • The Remedy for Bad Speech Is…

    April 15, 2005

    As a nonreligious political liberal who has spent much his career defending religious students and students under the thumb of censorship from the left, I am used to defending protests or expression that I do not agree with. In fact, as I have often quipped, “I almost feel like I am cheating when I defend… Read more

  • The ‘Charlotte Observer’ Gets It Right

    February 25, 2005

    There few issues that cause more passionate debate on campus (and elsewhere) than affirmative action. While many campuses have stifled that debate by, for example, censoring conservative protests, UNC Charlotte did the right thing—permitting both the affirmative action protest and a counter-protest by the program’s supporters. This boisterous exercise in free speech triggered an outstanding… Read more