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SCHOOL

US News RANK

ENDORSED CHICAGO

FIRE RATING

ISI RATING

RELEVANT EVENTS SINCE 2014
(GREEN = POSITIVE, RED = NEGATIVE)

90.00U of Chicago

Chicago IL

3YesGREENGREENUniversity of Chicago outlines policies regarding free expressions to incoming class of 2020
80.00Purdue U

West Lafayette IN

60YesGREENUNRATEDPurdue president emails all students and faculty: University remains committed to free speech (see also: Email from President Daniels)
Purdue begins Fall 2016 semester with free speech training
68.75Washington U - St. Louis

St. Louis MO

19YesYELLOWGREENUniversity officially endorses commitment to free expression
65.00Carnegie Mellon U

Pittsburgh PA

24NoGREENGREEN
65.00College of William and Mary

Williamsburg VA

32NoGREENGREENVice President of University Life reaffirms campus commitment to free speech in email to student body
62.50George Mason U

Fairfax VA

143NoGREENGREENGeorge Mason University alters a speech code seen as unconstitutional due to hindering free speech
62.50Princeton U

Princeton NJ

1YesREDGREENStudents form the Open Campus Coalition (see also: Princeton Open Campus Coalition Facebook page)

2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of outside speakers
62.50U of Florida

Gainesville FL

50NoGREENGREEN
62.50U of Maryland - College Park

College Park MD

60NoGREENGREEN
62.50U of Mississippi - Oxford

University MS

135NoGREENGREEN
62.50U of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill NC

30NoGREENGREEN
62.50U of Tennessee - Knoxville

Knoxville TN

103NoGREENGREENUniversity declines to pursue disciplinary action against law professor for tweet, cites First Amendment as reason for decision (see also: the statement from Dean Wilson)

Student investigated for Title IX violation for writing incorrect name of lab instructor on his quiz
62.50U of Utah - Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City UT

111NoGREENGREEN
62.50U of Virginia

Charlottesville VA

24NoGREENGREEN
50.00Columbia U

New York NY

5YesYELLOWYELLOW
50.00Louisiana State U

Baton Rouge LA

135YesREDGREEN2016 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for threats to academic freedom
50.00U of Minnesota - Twin-Cities

Minneapolis MN

71YesYELLOWYELLOWUniversity of Minnesota to adopt powerful free speech statement (see also University of Minnesota adopts most comprehensive free speech protections to date)

2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of outside speakers
50.00U of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison WI

44YesYELLOWYELLOWUniversity revises definition of bias incident to include clear standards that protect free speech (see also: University's official definition of bias)

University introduces training program to teach incoming students about "disrespectful speech"
47.50American U

Washington D.C.

74YesREDUNRATEDUniversity faculty unanimously adopts resolution on freedom of expression (see also: The official resolution)

American University to require courses in 'oppression studies' to graduate
University student government launches campaign in support of mandatory trigger warnings
47.50Oregon State U

Corvallis OR

143NoGREENUNRATEDOregon State's incoming Fall 2016 Class is Required to Participate in Social Justice Training (see also Oregon State's proposed social justice training program)
46.25Texas
A & M

College Station TX

74NoYELLOWGREENUniversity president reaffirms first amendment rights on campus in message to student body and school faculty
46.25Vanderbilt U

Nashville TN

15YesYELLOWREDUniversity faculty formally adopts an Academic Freedom of Expression Statement (see also: The official statement)
43.75Auburn U

Auburn AL

99NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75California Institute of Technology

Pasadena CA

12NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge MA

7NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75North Carolina State U

Raleigh NC

92NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75Southern Methodist U

Dallas TX

56NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75SUNY - Binghamton

Binghamton NY

86NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75U of Connecticut

Storrs CT

60NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75U of Kentucky - Lexington

Lexington KY

133NoYELLOWGREEN
43.75U of New Hampshire

Durham NH

107NoYELLOWGREEN
41.25Johns Hopkins U

Baltimore MD

10YesREDYELLOWLangbert et al: Bottom 5 university for viewpoint diversity
41.25U of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln NE

111NoYELLOWGREENUniversity chancellor welcomes students, faculty, and staff by reminding them that the school's beliefs on matters of diversity and inclusion are non-negotiable
40.00Pepperdine U

Malibu CA

50NoWARNINGGREENLangbert et al: Top 5 university for viewpoint diversity
38.75U of California - Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara CA

37NoYELLOWGREENUniversity of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
38.75U of Oklahoma - Norman

Norman OK

111NoYELLOWGREEN2016 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
37.50Baylor U

Waco TX

71NoWARNINGGREEN
37.50Boston College

Chestnut Hill MA

31NoREDGREEN
37.50Florida State U

Tallahassee FL

92NoREDGREEN
37.50Tulane U

New Orleans LA

39NoREDGREEN
37.50U of Georgia - Athens

Athens GA

56NoREDGREEN
37.50U of Kansas - Lawrence

Lawrence KS

118NoREDGREENKansas University Senate forms free speech committee to protect freedom of speech and expression on campus

Professor cleared of using racial slur in class, but not re-appointed to tenure-track position
37.50U of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor MI

27NoREDGREEN
37.50Wake Forest U

Winston-Salem NC

27NoREDGREEN
36.25U of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia PA

8NoGREENYELLOW
35.00Duke U

Durham NC

8NoGREENREDAsra Nomani re-invited to campus

University Center Activities and Events cancels speech by Asra Nomani
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of outside speakers and for censorship by students
31.25Syracuse U

Syracuse NY

60NoREDUNRATEDUniversity vice chancellor and provost reinvites filmmaker to screen film

Filmmaker disinvited from campus because faculty feared screening the film would provoke political protests and backlash
31.25Virginia Tech

Blacksburg VA

74NoYELLOWUNRATEDJason Riley re-invited to campus by Virginia Tech President

Jason Riley speaking invitation rescinded (see also Jason Riley invitation and disinvitation emails)
30.00The Ohio State U - Columbus

Columbus OH

54NoYELLOWYELLOWOhio State President informs protesters that administrative offices are "safe spaces" for university employees
Langbert et al: Top 5 university for viewpoint diversity
28.75U of Rochester

Rochester NY

32NoYELLOWUNRATEDLangbert et al: Bottom 5 university for viewpoint diversity
27.50Case Western U

Cleveland OH

37NoREDUNRATEDLangbert et al: Top 5 university for viewpoint diversity
27.50Dartmouth College

Hanover NH

11NoYELLOWYELLOWDartmouth students petition administration to stop policing students and start educating them (see also the petition)
26.25U of California - Davis

Davis CA

44NoYELLOWUNRATEDUniversity of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
26.25U of California - Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz CA

79NoYELLOWUNRATEDUniversity of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
25.00Cornell U

Ithaca NY

15NoREDYELLOW
25.00Drexel U

Philadelphia PA

96NoREDUNRATED
25.00George Washington U

Washington D.C.

57NoREDUNRATEDUniversity faces calls to cancel speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, opts to allow speech to occur

2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
25.00Stanford U

Palo Alto CA

5NoYELLOWYELLOW
25.00Temple U

Philadelphia PA

118NoYELLOWYELLOW
25.00U of Arizona - Tucson

Tucson AZ

124NoYELLOWYELLOW
25.00U of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Fayetteville AR

135NoYELLOWYELLOW
25.00U of Colorado - Boulder

Boulder CO

92NoYELLOWYELLOW
25.00U of Delaware

Newark DE

79NoYELLOWYELLOW
25.00U of Illinois - Chicago

Chicago IL

152NoREDUNRATED
25.00U of Iowa

Iowa City IA

82NoYELLOWYELLOWUniversity scraps plans for bias response team

2014 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
25.00U of Washington

Seattle WA

54NoYELLOWYELLOW
23.75U of California - Irvine

Irvine CA

39NoYELLOWUNRATEDUniversity cites security conflict with another event, Nonie Darwish disinvited
University of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
22.50Boston U

Boston MA

39NoREDUNRATEDLangbert et al: Bottom 5 university for viewpoint diversity
22.50Brown U

Providence RI

14NoYELLOWYELLOWUniversity president proclaims Brown as a safe-space for freedom of expression
University launches series of events focused on free speech to promote open dialogue

Brown Daily Herald denounces op-ed column, removes it from its website
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for censorship by students
Langbert et al: Bottom 5 university for viewpoint diversity
22.50Northeastern U

Boston MA

39NoREDUNRATEDLangbert et al: Bottom 5 university for viewpoint diversity
22.50Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy NY

39NoREDUNRATEDLangbert et al: Top 5 university for viewpoint diversity
22.50St. Louis U

St. Louis MO

96NoWARNINGUNRATED2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of outside speakers
22.50SUNY - Buffalo

Buffalo NY

99NoREDUNRATED2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for censorship by students
22.50U of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Champaign IL

44NoYELLOWYELLOW2014 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
21.25U of California - San Diego

La Jolla CA

44NoYELLOWUNRATEDStudent government pulls all funding for student media
University of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
2016 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
21.25U of Massachusetts - Amherst

Amherst MA

74NoYELLOWREDStudent petition for diversity of thought among the UMass faculty
University officials have no plans to crack down on the use of jokes and memes on campus about Harambe

University diversity office creates flow chart to help students determine if their costume is offensive
20.00U of California - Riverside

Riverside CA

118NoREDUNRATEDUniversity of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award
20.00U of Southern California

Los Angeles CA

23NoYELLOWYELLOWAnti-amnesty activists shout down Representative Luis Gutiérrez, speech ends early
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of outside speakers
20.00Yale U

New Haven CT

3NoYELLOWYELLOW2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for censorship by students
2016 Harvey Silverglate Muzzle Award for students demanding the resignation of professors over an email
18.75Emory U

Atlanta GA

20NoREDYELLOWEmory University Senate rules that pro-Trump chalk messages and a "Mein Trumpf" poster are protected speech under the university's Open Expression Policy

2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for censorship by students
18.75Fordham U

New York NY

60NoREDYELLOW
18.75Georgia Tech

Atlanta GA

34NoYELLOWRED
18.75Indiana U - Bloomington

Bloomington IN

86NoYELLOWRED
18.75Rice U

Houston TX

15NoREDYELLOW
18.75Tufts U

Medford MA

27NoREDYELLOW
18.75U of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa AL

103NoYELLOWGREEN
18.75U of Notre Dame

Notre Dame IN

15NoREDYELLOW
18.75U of Texas - Austin

Austin TX

56NoREDYELLOW
18.75U of Vermont

Burlington VT

92NoYELLOWRED
17.50Brandeis U

Waltham MA

34NoYELLOWYELLOWUniversity withdraws award of honorary degree from Ayaan Hirsi Ali
2014 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
2016 Harvey Silverglate Muzzle Award for administrators punishing student journalists
17.50Marquette U

Milwaukee WI

86NoREDUNRATED2014 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
Professor punished for blogging
2016 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
17.50Northwestern U

Evanston IL

12NoYELLOWYELLOWStudent government passes motion calling for more viewpoint diversity on campus

2016 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for censorship by students, and for threats to academic freedom
University administration censors faculty-produced medical journal, in response professor resigns (see also: The letter of resignation)
University President declares that people who deny the existence of microaggressions are "idiots" and calls people who think trigger warnings are unnecessary "lunatics"
17.50U of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles CA

24NoYELLOWYELLOWUniversity of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
UCLA suspends social activities of fraternity and sorority that held a Kim Kardashian/Kanye West theme party
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students and outside speakers, and for censorship by students
17.50U of Tulsa

Tulsa OK

86NoREDUNRATEDStudent suspended because of husband's Facebook post
2016 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
16.25Pennsylvania State U

State College PA

50NoREDYELLOWLangbert et al: Top 5 university for viewpoint diversity
13.75Rutgers U - New Brunswick

New Brunswick NJ

70NoYELLOWREDCondoleeza Rice withdraws from commencement speech
To avoid microaggressions, students advised to use only "kind" and "necessary" language when speaking to others
12.50U of California - Berkeley

Berkeley CA

20NoYELLOWYELLOWProtesters break into and disrupt Peter Thiel speech, event ends early
Protesters shut down panel discussion on higher education
University of California system urges faculty not to criticize affirmative-action or refer to America as a "melting pot"
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students and outside speakers
Campus Republican event vandalized and protesters get violent, campus police witnessed event but made no attempt to intervene
Violent protests cause university to cancel talk by Milo Yiannopoulos, result in $100,000.00 worth of damage
12.50U of Oregon - Eugene

Eugene OR

103NoREDREDSummaries of reports to the University of Oregon's bias-response team suggests student affairs and interactions are micromanaged (see also 2015 annual report: Bias-Response Team, University of Oregon)
Campus police office tells anti-abortion preacher that free-speech on campus has limits and he cannot make incendiary anti-abortion statements
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students
11.25Georgetown U

Washington D.C.

20NoREDYELLOW2014 FIRE's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech
University police remove envelopes with free condoms from doors of H*yas for Choice student representatives
University prohibits students from setting up a table to campaign for Bernie Sanders
11.25Harvard U

Cambridge MA

2NoREDYELLOWHarvard Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion release placemats suggesting ways students can talk with their families about race relations, Islamophobia, and student activism on campus
Harvard administration blacklists private clubs, fraternities, and sororities
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of outside speakers
11.25New York U

New York NY

36NoREDYELLOWScientist who discovered DNA disinvited from giving a lecture on campus because his views run counter to the university's mission of diversity and inclusion
University officials cite security concerns, cancel Milo Yiannopoulos Speech
11 arrested during violent protests over Gavin McInnes speech
11.25U of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia MO

111NoYELLOWREDUniversity of Missouri police asks individuals who witness incidents of hateful and/or hurtful speech to immediately call the campus police station (or 911)
University of Missouri bans student protests
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of students, and for efforts to limit press access on campus
Insufficient InfoArizona State U

Tempe AZ

129NoGREENUNRATED
Insufficient InfoBrigham Young U

Provo UT

68NoWARNINGUNRATED
Insufficient InfoClark U

Worcester MA

74NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoClarkson U

Potsdam NY

129NoUNRATEDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoColorado School of Mines

Golden CO

82NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoColorado State U

Fort Collins CO

129NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoDayton U

Dayton OH

111NoUNRATEDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoDepaul U

Chicago IL

124NoUNRATEDUNRATEDActivists storm stage, shut down speaking event
Administration demands police to not intervene as students shut down speaking event, slap speaker in face
Faculty member calls for university president's resignation after controversy over Milo Yiannopoulos event
University bans conservative pundit from speaking on campus
Insufficient InfoDuquesne U

Pittsburgh PA

124NoUNRATEDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoHofstra U

Hempstead NY

133NoUNRATEDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoHoward U

Washington D.C.

124NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoIllinois Institute of Technology

Chicago IL

103NoUNRATEDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoIllinois State U

Normal IL

152NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoIowa State U

Ames IA

111NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoKansas State U

Manhattan KS

135NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoLehigh U

Bethlehem PA

44NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoLoyola U - Chicago

Chicago IL

99NoUNRATEDUNRATED2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for efforts to limit press access on campus
Insufficient InfoMiami U - Oxford

Oxford OH

79NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoMichigan State U

East Lansing MI

82NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoMichigan Technological U

Houghton MI

118NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoNew Jersey Institute of Technology

Newark NJ

135NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoOklahoma State U

Stillwater OK

152NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoOhio U

Athens OH

146NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoRutgers U - Newark

Newark NJ

135NoUNRATEDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoSan Diego State U

San Diego CA

146NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoSeton Hall U

South Orange NJ

118NoUNRATEDGREEN
Insufficient InfoSt. John Fisher College

Rochester NY

146NoUNRATEDUNRATED2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award for the censorship of outside speakers
Insufficient InfoStevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken NJ

71NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoStony Brook U

Stony Brook NY

96NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoSUNY - Albany

Albany NY

146NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoSUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse NY

99NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoThe Catholic U of America

Washington D.C.

124NoUNRATEDGREEN
Insufficient InfoThe New School

New York NY

129NoUNRATEDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoTexas Christian U

Fort Worth TX

82NoUNRATEDUNRATEDStudent suspended over social media posts following complaints from out-of-state residents not enrolled at the university
2016 Jefferson Muzzle Award
Insufficient InfoU of Cincinnati

Cincinnati OH

135NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoU of Denver

Denver CO

86NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoU of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell MA

152NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoU of Miami

Coral Gables FL

44NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoU of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA

68NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoU of South Carolina

Columbia SC

107NoREDUNRATED
Insufficient InfoWashington State U

Pullman WA

143NoYELLOWUNRATED
Insufficient InfoWorcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester MA

60NoWARNINGUNRATED
Insufficient InfoYeshiva U

New York NY

66NoWARNINGUNRATED