A free speech advocacy group claimed this week that nearly a third of Pennsylvania colleges and universities have policies that “clearly and substantially” restrict free speech, with 87 percent restricting some speech.
The “ Spotlight on Speech Codes 2019 ” report comes at a time when the University of Pittsburgh is being challenged for charging an organization more than $5,500 for bringing in conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for a speaking event last month.
The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, said in its report, released Tuesday, that the “vast majority of students at America’s top colleges and universities surrender their free speech rights the moment they step onto campus.”
Of the 36 Pennsylvania schools listed in the report, a quarter received a red light rating and nearly half received a yellow rating. Yellow light policies allow a limited amount of protected expression.
Slippery Rock was in the yellow, finding that once you step onto campus that you lose your free speech rights on a limited basis. Slippery Rock University has no comment to the recent study.