University of South Carolina Columbia

Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of South Carolina Columbia has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more
100
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion: Report an Incident

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: October 18, 2021

    If you feel that you’ve been a victim of a hateful act, please submit a Bias and Hate Incident Form so that we are aware of such incidents and, when necessary, we can enforce appropriate consequences. … A bias incident is a non-criminal act that is motivated in whole, or in part, by a victim’s actual or ... Read More
  • UNIV 6.00: Freedom of Expression and Access to Campus- Posting of promotional material

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 31, 2021

    All material must include the name of the unit or student organization sponsoring the message. Read More
  • STAF 6.26: Student Code of Conduct- Abusive Conduct or Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 18, 2021

    20. Harassing Behavior a. Repeated conduct of a harassing nature that reasonably interferes with one’s ability to succeed in an academic setting or major life activity and that persists after such conduct has been requested to stop. Read More
  • Student Affairs and Academic Support: Carolinian Creed

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: October 18, 2021

    We oppose intolerance by promoting integrity within our campus community. Our common values are formed upon the foundation of our creed, which emphasizes openness and civility. … As a Carolinian … I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will respect the dignity of all persons; I will respec... Read More
  • STAF 6.24: Student Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 18, 2021

    Harassment is a specific type of illegal discrimination. It includes conduct (oral, written, graphic, or physical) which is directed against any student or group of students because of or based upon one or more of the characteristics articulated in Section II above, that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persist... Read More
  • STAF 6.24: Student Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 18, 2021

    Sexual harassment is a specific type of discrimination which is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature hat is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it adversely affects a student’s or student group’s ability to participate in or benefit from the programs and services provided by the University. Examples of ... Read More
  • EOP 1.06: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Interpersonal Violence (Interim)

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 18, 2021

    This interim policy adopts the following definition of sexual harassment to apply to all reported incidents at the university: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University of South ... Read More
  • STAF 3.25: Scheduling University Union Facilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 18, 2021

    a. Routine outdoor space may be used during daylight hours and include use of amplified sound. i. Events held in routine outdoor space involving 150 or more people or outside of daylight hours must receive approval by Associate Vice President of Student Life (or designee). Read More
  • UNIV 6.00: Freedom of Expression and Access to Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 31, 2021

    Spontaneous Expressive Activity: means nonscheduled meetings, public speaking, performances, demonstrations, rallies, vigils, and other events by members of the University community, including students, student organizations, outside groups whose expression is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitutio... Read More

FIRE surveyed roughly 37,000 students at 154 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. In 2021, 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 0-100. See the full report on FIRE’s 2021 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.

 

Rankings

Overall Ranking 100/154
Ideological Diversity 50/159

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 58.67
Openness 9.07
Tolerance (Liberals) 9.57
Tolerance (Conservatives) 8.35
Administrative Support 6.31
Comfort 15.34
Disruptive Conduct 10.03
Speech Climate
Supported Scholars
Sanctioned Scholars
Successful Disinvitations
Speech Code YELLOW
  • University of South Carolina — Stand Up For Speech Lawsuit

    February 23, 2016

    University of South Carolina’s (USC’s) College Libertarians and Young Americans for Liberty chapters held an outdoor event focusing on free speech, displaying posters illustrating incidents of censorship at colleges and universities throughout the country.

  • University of South Carolina: Mandated Orthodoxy in the Classroom

    June 15, 2004

    FIRE protested University of South Carolina Professor Lynn Weber’s imposition of a political litmus test in order to succeed in “Women’s Studies 797: Seminar in Women’s Studies,” which was required of students who sought to earn a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. Professor Weber’s “Guidelines for Classroom Discussion” required students to “acknowledge that racism, classism, sexism,… Read more