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
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
The students’ union - AMBER
Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Harassment
Restricts ‘unwelcome sexual gestures or innuendos’.