University of North Texas

Location: Denton, Texas
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of North Texas 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
  • Policy Manual: 07.012 University of North Texas Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 9, 2018

    Sexual Harassment – unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual violence and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Read More
  • Policy Manual: 14.003 Computer Use

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 9, 2018

    When communicating with others via the University computer system, a user’s communications should reflect high ethical standards, mutual respect and civility. Read More
  • Policy Manual: 16.005 Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 9, 2018

    4. Sexual Harassment. “Sexual Harassment” means unwelcome sex-based verbal or physical conduct that: … B. in the education contest, is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct interferes with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities. For pur... Read More
  • Policy Manual: 07.012 University of North Texas Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 22, 2019

    Engaging in physical or verbal abuse, fighting, threats, intimidation, coercion, or any other conduct that threatens or endangers the health, safety or welfare of any person. Speech protected by the Constitutions of the United States and Texas is not a violation of this provision, but fighting words and statements w... Read More
  • Policy Manual: 07.006 Free Speech and Public Assembly on Campus Grounds

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: November 9, 2018

    The University of North Texas recognizes that freedom of expression and public assembly are fundamental rights of all persons and are essential components of the education process. … Campus grounds generally are open to students, employees and sponsoring organizations for expressive activity during university ... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Flag Day reminder at UNT: The First Amendment protects showing ‘disrespect’ for flag

    June 14, 2019

    Just in time for Flag Day, a University of North Texas student, Yolian Ogbu, has received extensive criticism on Twitter for covering up the American flag with a Black Lives Matter flag in the Student Government Association office. Ogbu, recently-elected president of SGA, posted two pictures on her personal Twitter account: a “before” picture of… Read more

  • Student Spotlight: Alex Anderson, Marketing Freedom at University of North Texas

    June 27, 2014

    Alex Anderson is a junior at the University of North Texas (UNT), where she is ramping up the student movement for free speech on campus. As a public relations and strategic communications major, Alex has been applying her ingenuity in marketing to the fight for freedom of expression.

  • How Students Made a Difference for Liberty in 2009

    January 6, 2010

    For the past few days FIRE has been looking back over our list of accomplishments in 2009. That list would not be complete without mentioning the students who have worked so hard to make their campuses more free. At the College of William & Mary, former FIRE intern and Campus Freedom Network member Braum Katz… Read more

  • Under Pressure from FIRE and Students, University of North Texas Eliminates Free Speech Zones

    October 26, 2009

    FIRE is very pleased to report that the University of North Texas (UNT) has revised its "Free Speech and Public Assembly Policy," which previously provided for only six "free speech areas" on campus where students could "engage in constitutionally protected speech and expression at the University of North Texas." The policy further required students and… Read more

  • Bigger in Texas?

    February 22, 2005

    Responding to our recent post about the University of North Texas, a reader from Texas wrote: Well, I appreciate your understanding of the scale of things here in Texas. I noticed that, in your discussion of the fun at North Texas, you made reference to “nearby Texas Tech.” We are about 300 miles from North… Read more

  • Calls for Censorship in Texas

    February 21, 2005

    The Denton, Texas, Record-Chronicle carried a story on Saturday (registration required) about an uproar over a free-expression issue at the University of North Texas. Apparently, the university chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) at UNT held a “Capture an Illegal Immigrant” event to draw attention to what they see as the problem of… Read more