‘The State of Free Speech on Campus’ Series Exposes Repressive Policies Nationwide

July 13, 2009

The countdown is now complete for FIRE’s series of blogs on The State of Free Speech on Campus. Throughout the past seven months, Samantha Harris investigated and evaluated policies at the top 25 colleges and universities in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, exposing the speech codes that silence the students and faculty who attend them. Many of these schools harbor codes that punish, censor, or restrict student expression in one way or another. Only seven schools on the list receive “green” or “yellow light” ratings from FIRE’s Spotlight database, which provides FIRE’s research on the degree to which free speech is curtailed at a particular institution.

Anyone considering attending the schools on The State of Free Speech on Campus list that receive “red light” ratings from FIRE should be aware of the threats to free speech that exist there. For a full recap on the series, visit the top 25 list below:

#25: University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

#24: University of Virginia

#23: Georgetown University

#22: Carnegie Mellon University

#21: University of California-Berkeley

#20: Vanderbilt University

#19: University of Notre Dame

#18: Emory University

#17: Rice University

#16: Brown University

#15: Johns Hopkins University

#14: Cornell University

#13: Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL)

#12: Northwestern University

#11: Dartmouth College

#10: University of Chicago

#9: Duke University

#8: Columbia University

#7: University of Pennsylvania

#6: California Institute of Technology

#5: Stanford University

#4: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

#3: Yale University

#2: Princeton University

#1: Harvard University