University of Tulsa

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

University of Tulsa 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 on Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    Any form of inappropriate conduct that constitutes Prohibited Harassment (see following definition) of or by any participants in the Campus Community is prohibited by this policy. … Verbal Prohibited Harassment may occur in person, by telephone or other audio means. Physical Prohibited Harassment may be conduc... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Ethics Code and Policy for Computer Use

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    The electronic communication facilities are not to be used for the transmission of commercial or personal advertisements, solicitations, promotions, destructive programs, political material, or any other unauthorized or personal use. … Use of the electronic communication facilities (such as electronic mail, te... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    The list of prohibited conduct is non-exhaustive and the University reserves the right to initiate procedures for other types of student conduct deemed inappropriate. … Violating any of the University’s Ethics Code & Computer Use Policies. This includes but is not limited to transmitting unsolicited inform... Read More
  • Title IX Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    Sexual Harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that consists of: … unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the institution’s education programs or activities (i.e. hostile environment)... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Statement on Rights, Freedoms, and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 1, 2021

    The University of Tulsa exists to promote the academic and social development of its students, the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth and a sense of responsibility toward self and society. A deep respect for the fundamental rights of expression, assembly and petition is indispensable to the attainment o... Read More
  • FIRE Announces 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2016

    February 17, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA, February 17, 2016—Nearly half of America’s top colleges maintain speech codes that blatantly violate First Amendment standards. But every year the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) takes a closer look at the past year’s incidents of college censorship to determine the nation’s 10 worst abusers of student and faculty free speech rights…. Read more

  • Student Unjustly Suspended by University of Tulsa Announces Lawsuit

    January 25, 2016

    Nearly a year ago, FIRE brought attention to the University of Tulsa’s (TU’s) unjust suspension of student George “Trey” Barnett. Now, Barnett, who was only two months away from graduation when he was suspended, is suing TU for violating its policies. In 2014, Barnett’s then-fiancé—who was not a TU student—criticized two TU professors and a… Read more

  • FIRE Explains Student Journalists’ Rights (VIDEO)

    December 1, 2015

    [iframe src=””] In light of recent high-profile threats to a free student press on college campuses nationwide—including threats to defund student publications for publishing controversial material and banishment of student reporters from public events—FIRE wants to ensure that student journalists know their rights. So today, we’re proud to launch a new video designed to do… Read more

  • University of Tulsa and the Troubling Demise of Campus Disciplinary Hearings

    March 5, 2015

    Imagine, for a moment, being accused of a serious offense and then finding out that the detective in charge of investigating your case would also be prosecuting it. Not only that, that same individual would also be deciding whether you are guilty and determining your sentence. You’d probably think that was a bit unfair. Unfortunately,… Read more

  • Despite Administrative Pushback and Theft, University of Tulsa’s ‘Collegian’ Produces Exceptional Reporting

    February 18, 2015

    FIRE often celebrates examples of impressive student journalism, especially by student newspapers that face threats from their university administration or other students because of their reporting. During this year’s Free Press Week celebration, we’d like to focus on the University of Tulsa’s (TU’s) student paper, the Collegian, which has produced outstanding journalism in its coverage… Read more

  • Unable to Suspend Non-Students, University of Tulsa Settles for Hiding Facebook Posts

    February 17, 2015

    Administrators at the University of Tulsa (TU) have remained notably quiet since FIRE issued a press release last week covering the school’s vindictive treatment of student Trey Barnett, suspended for another person’s Facebook posts, and TU’s threats to the Collegian student newspaper for reporting on the story. Now it looks like TU wants everyone else… Read more

  • New Study from Reporters Without Borders: Freedom of Press Declining Worldwide

    February 16, 2015

    As we begin Free Press Week here at FIRE, a study released last week by Reporters Without Borders brings some sobering news about the state of freedom of the press worldwide. According to the nonprofit organization’s “2015 World Press Freedom Index,” two thirds of the 180 countries examined for the report fared less well than… Read more

  • U. of Tulsa Suspends Student for Someone Else’s Facebook Post

    February 12, 2015

    TULSA, Okla., February 12, 2015—In a triple blow to free speech, due process, and freedom of the press, the University of Tulsa (TU) arbitrarily banned a student from campus until 2016 for Facebook posts that someone else admitted to writing and then attempted to intimidate student journalists who were trying to cover the story. “The… Read more

  • March 2009: University of Tulsa

    March 4, 2009

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for March 2009: the University of Tulsa. While the University of Tulsa is a private institution, it promises its students all of the same free speech rights they would have at a public university: “The University recognizes that students have the rights and privileges granted to all… Read more

  • Surprise, Surprise: Another Student Newspaper Theft

    November 17, 2006

    Student Press Law Center (SPLC) reports another student newspaper theft, this time at University of Tulsa.   Copies of The Collegian were taken from newsstands and then redistributed with unauthorized inserts. The additions to the paper included a picture of the paper’s managing editor extending her middle finger, as well as the website address of… Read more