America’s worst college for free speech? Harvard!

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Harvard University has been ranked as America’s worst college for free speech, with its attitude to open expression described as “abysmal”.

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) has today published its annual rankings of US colleges for how freely students feel they can speak. Harvard, the Ivy League college based in Massachusetts, sits squarely at the bottom of the list of 248 institutions.

Harvard’s score of 0.00 is the lowest possible on FIRE’s scale, though the real figure is “more than six standard deviations below the average”. The report sampled over 50,000 undergraduate students nationwide, basing its scoring system on factors including “comfort expressing ideas”, “tolerance for speakers” and “administrative support”. Colleges were also judged on how frequently and severely they have sanctioned students, academics and visiting speakers.


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