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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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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’ behaviour and jokes. It also cancelled an International Men’s Day event in 2015 after protests. The students’ union, which has maintained its Amber ranking, restricts innuendo, has banned initiation ceremonies and, in 2014, banned its hockey team over offensive tweets. 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

The students’ union - AMBER

Policies

  • Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Harassment

    Restricts ‘unwelcome sexual gestures or innuendos’.

    Read the full policy

Actions

  • 2015 YUSU

    Bans initiation ceremonies

  • 11 November 2014 York Vision

    Bans hockey team for offensive tweets

  • 11 November 2014 Independent

    Introduces consent classes

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

York progression

  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017