For the first time since FIRE began issuing our annual report on campus speech codes eight years ago, the percentage of institutions maintaining speech codes that clearly and substantially restrict freedom of speech has fallen below 50 percent. And in the past year, six schools have eliminated all of their speech codes, earning FIRE’s highest, “green light” rating.
But everything is not rosy for free speech on campus. In this video, FIRE Director of Policy Research Samantha Harris highlights the good and the bad found in our newly released annual report, Spotlight on Speech Codes 2016: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses.
Spotlight on Speech Codes 2016 reports on speech codes at 440 of America’s largest and most prestigious colleges and universities, all of which are accessible online in FIRE’s searchable Spotlight speech code database.