University of Arizona Earns FIRE’s Highest Rating For Free Speech

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In May 2018, UArizona professor Dr. Todd Proebsting asked his university to consider addressing the policies that had earned it FIRE’s “yellow light” rating. Policies with this rating restrict a limited amount of protected expression or, by virtue of their vague wording, could too easily be used to restrict protected expression. The Office of Institutional Equity responded by revising an unclear harassment policy on its website. In August, Deputy General Counsel Art Lee revised the last yellow light speech code, earning the university an overall green light rating. FIRE’s highest rating indicates that a university’s written policies do not seriously imperil or restrict free speech.