The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) is the UK’s first university league table for campus censorship. We examine the policies and actions of universities and students' unions, and rank them using our traffic-light system.
Data accurate up until April 2018.
Traffic-light ranking system:
has banned and actively censored ideas on campus
has chilled free speech through intervention
has a hands-off approach to free speech
Loughborough University and Loughborough Students' Union collectively create a chilling environment for free speech. The university, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts ridicule of cultural or religious differences, and urges staff and students to use gender-neutral language. The students’ union, which has moved to a Green ranking, places no binding restrictions on speech, but did force the name change of a student social on the grounds it was offensive. The institution’s overall ranking moves to Amber.
The university - AMBER
Bullying and Harassment
Definition of racial and religious harassment includes: ‘Ridiculing items worn for religious reasons, denigrating cultural customs... derisory comments against an individual’s beliefs... incitement or persistent pressure through forms of evangelism and religious propaganda that suggests the answer no is unacceptable to the person trying to spread their ideas on religion or recruiting to their particular group.’
IT Acceptable Use Policy
Students must not ‘cause needless offence’.
Due to the specific nature of this policy, it has been weighted as an Amber Action.
Inclusive Language Policy
‘University staff, students, contractors and visitors are expected to be aware of the impact their language may have upon others and to use language acceptably... The use of “he” or “man” as a generic term for an individual or people is unacceptable, and often inaccurate, and terms such as “s/he”, “she/he” or “she or he” are preferable. Particular terms are often unnecessarily gendered, for example, “forefathers”, “chairman” or “manpower”. Instead, you could refer to “ancestors”, “chair or convenor” or “staff”.’
The students’ union - GREEN
15 September 2017
‘Slave night’ forced to change name