Freedom of speech and expression at LSE

Free speech and freedom of expression underpin everything we do at LSE. Our School is a place where we come together to discuss, effect change and challenge through education practices, academic research and rigorous debate.

As a global community of people and ideas, we are committed to encouraging and supporting students, staff and visitors to engage in lawful debate on the most pressing issues around the world. We will always do this as a community, within a framework of tolerance for different points of view.

LSE has clear policies in place to protect individual’s rights to freedom of expression within the law, ensure the facilitation of debates and enable all members of our community to refute ideas lawfully, whether through protest on campus or other means.

This is reinforced by the six principles in our Ethics Code, which each member of our community is expected to follow as they contribute to the life of our School in an environment of equal opportunity and respect.

Explore our policies and further information below:

Accessing support at LSE

At LSE you can access support in a way that works for you - whether through our online Report It. Stop It. tool, Safe Contacts NetworkFaith Centre, or our Wellbeing Services, as a first point of call. 

Unsure where to start? Try our Student Support Map, in the Student Hub.