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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:

  • 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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Amber

The University of York and the University of York Students’ Union collectively create an environment that chills free speech. The university, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts ‘offensive’ jokes. It also cancelled an International Men’s Day event in 2015 after protests and reported a hockey team to the police over offensive t-shirts. The students’ union, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts ‘offensive sexual gestures and innuendos’. The institution’s overall ranking remains Amber.

The university - AMBER

Policies

  • Code of Practice on Harassment

    Definition of harassment includes ‘offensive verbal or practical jokes’.

    Read the full policy

Actions

  • 17 November 2015 York Press

    Cancels International Men’s Day event

  • 14 October 2017 Daily Mail

    Reports hockey team to police over offensive t-shirts

The students’ union - AMBER

Policies

  • Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Harassment

    Restricts ‘unwelcome sexual gestures or innuendos’.

    Read the full policy

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

York progression

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018