ON-Lion Letter

For the first time since the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Philadelphia began issuing its 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% -- with 49.3% of surveyed institutions maintaining "red-light" speech codes.

In the past year, six schools eliminated all of their speech codes, earning FIRE's highest, "green-light" rating.  They are George Mason University, Purdue University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Florida, and Western State Colorado University.

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.

An abridged version of the report can be found here.  To request physical copies of the report, email fire@thefire.org.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports FIRE.

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