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We survey British universities, examining the policies and actions of universities and students’ unions, and rank them using our traffic-light system.

Traffic-light ranking system:

  • RED:

    has banned and actively censored ideas on campus

  • AMBER:

    has chilled free speech through intervention

  • GREEN:

    has a hands-off approach to free speech

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York St John 2017

Red

York St John University and York St John Students’ Union collectively create an environment that is hostile to free speech. The university, which has moved to a Red ranking, operates a de facto ban on homophobic and transphobic speech. The students’ union, which has maintained its Red ranking, has a No Platform policy, banning fascists and racists, and has also banned the Sun and the Daily Star. The institution’s overall ranking moves to Red.

The university - RED

Policies

  • Policy on Sexual Orientation

    ‘Homophobic propaganda, in the forms of written materials, graffiti, songs or speeches will not be tolerated. The university undertakes to remove any such propaganda whenever it appears on the premises and to take action against those responsible.’

    Hard copy provided by university.

  • IT Acceptable Use

    ‘Real world standards of behaviour apply online and on social networking platforms, such as but not limited to Facebook, Wordpress and Twitter. You must not cause needless offence, concern or annoyance to others.’

    Due to the specific nature of this restriction, this has been weighted as an Amber Action.

    Read the full policy

  • Trans Staff and Students

    ‘Transphobic propaganda, in the form of written materials, graffiti, music or speeches, will not be tolerated. The university undertakes to remove any such propaganda whenever it appears on the premises.’

    Hard copy provided by university.

The students’ union - RED

Policies

  • No Platform Policy

    Resolves: ‘Not to allow any individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views from entering union premises… not to allow any individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views, to speak at a union event... [and] not to allow an individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views from distributing any written or recorded material in the union which expresses these views… no elected officer of the union will speak on a platform with an individual who is known to hold racist or fascist views.’

    Read the full policy

  • Zero Tolerance Policy

    Unacceptable behaviour includes ‘wolf-whistling, catcalling, or offensive sexual noises’.

    Read the full policy

  • Ban on the Sale of the Sun and Daily Star

    ‘York Saint John Student’s Union support the “No More Page 3” campaign to stop promoting sexist ideologies that are apparent in the Sun and Daily Star “page 3” features by prohibiting the sale of the newspapers in the SU shop until the editors in chief remove the degrading “page 3” features.’

    Due to the specific nature of this policy, it has been weighted as a Red Action.

    Read the full policy

To find out more about the FSUR, or to request further comment, contact Tom Slater.

York St John progression

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