As UNC celebrated it’s second annual First Amendment Day, a freedom of speech advocate said the University could better-promote free speech.
At a presentation titled “Free at Carolina,” Robert Shibley, vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said UNC is a “yellow light” school because many of its policies are too vague and may be interpreted wrongly, such as the sexual harassment code or the Honor Code.
The foundation has distributed ratings for 400 schools based on their freedom of speech codes.
Shibley said there are many changes the administration can make to improve its FIRE rating to a green light — and help students to feel more free at UNC.
Some of the positive codes UNC has include free speech anytime in the Pit or around campus because many other schools only offer specific “free speech zones,” he said.