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ERIC Number: ED535446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3510
Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? A Review of Campus Speech Codes
Robinson, Jenna Ashley
John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1)
America's colleges and universities are supposed to be strongholds of classically liberal ideals, including the protection of individual rights and openness to debate and inquiry. Too often, this is not the case. Across the country, universities deny students and faculty their fundamental rights to freedom of speech and expression. The report examines the speech, assembly and religious protections for students and faculty at North Carolina's universities--both public and private. Using the speech code rating system from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the Pope Center found that "none" of North Carolina's universities received a "green light." A green light would indicate that there are no serious threats to students' free speech rights in the policies on a particular campus. A "red light" indicates the school has at least one policy that clearly restricts freedom of speech. A "yellow light" is given when a school has some policies that could ban or excessively regulate constitutionally protected speech. "Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech?" reflects the Pope Center's ongoing interest in encouraging diversity of thought in North Carolina's colleges and universities.
John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. 353 East Six Forks Road Suite 150, Raleigh, NC 27609. Tel: 919-828-1400; Fax: 919-828-7455; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment; United States Constitution