To provide context to the scores, the College Free Speech Rankings include anonymous anecdotes from students about times they felt they could voice their opinions on campus.
The responses include a wide array of situations and opinions on campus.
“A professor strongly implied that everyone who votes for Trump is a racist,” wrote one student. “I felt that I could not say anything to challenge that idea because I would get smeared as a racist for doing so.”
“I think our students are relatively conservative, so I am nervous to criticize Donald Trump, especially in front of the ‘country’ boys,” another wrote.
The results of the College Free Speech Rankings provide some contrast with a climate survey done by the university two years ago after UNL was embroiled in a campus free speech incident.
A survey of students, employees and alumni from across the NU system conducted by Gallup found about 90% of students who identified as liberal had no problem expressing their political views on campus, while only 75% of students who identified as conservative felt the same way.
Roughly half of students said they were comfortable telling other students about their political beliefs, and 44% said they would share their views with faculty.
The same survey found 35% of students said they were prevented from saying what they believe out of fear that others might be offended.