Here are some resources which shine a light on the extent of free speech and viewpoint diversity at Yale.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
FIRE rates over 400 of the nation’s top colleges and universities based on speech code policies that exist on campus. FIRE’s Speech Code Rating is based on colored traffic lights. A “red light” institution has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. A “yellow light” institution is one whose policies restrict a more limited amount of protected expression or, by virtue of their vague wording, could too easily be used to restrict protected expression. If a college or university’s policies do not seriously imperil speech, that college or university receives a “green light.”
Speech Code Rating
Yale University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
Yale Halloween Costume Controversy (From Fire YouTube page)
- Yale University Students Protest Halloween Costume Email (VIDEO 1)
- Yale University Students Protest Halloween Costume Email (VIDEO 2)
- Yale University Students Protest Halloween Costume Email (VIDEO 3)
- Yale University Students Protest Halloween Costume Email (VIDEO 4)
Heterodox Academy Guide to Colleges: Yale
Heterodox Academy inputs numerous ratings and publicly available sources into a model which calculates a “Heterodoxy Score” from zero to one hundred. Schools with high scores welcome intellectual diversity and dissent. A score of fifty means Heterodox Academy can’t tell which way the school’s culture is likely to lean. The closer a school’s number is to zero, the less welcoming of intellectual diversity and heterodox opinions that school is likely to be.
OVERALL SCORE: 26/100
HxA MEMBERS: 2
US News RANK: 3
ENDORSED CHICAGO: No
FIRE RATING: Yellow
ISI RATING: Yellow
American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA)
ACTA rates each college based on how many of seven core subjects the institution requires. The subjects are: Composition, Literature, Foreign Language, U.S. Government or History, Economics, Mathematics, and Natural Science. The grade is based on a detailed examination of the latest publicly-available online course catalogs at the time of review.