Location: State University, Arkansas
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
Arkansas State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementThe following principles are part of the collective expectation of the members of this community
relative to personal conduct. Civility: Members of a learning community interact with others in a courteous and polite
manner. Members of the community are expected to respect the values, opinions or feelings of others. ... The university reserves the right to discipline students or student organizations for inappropriate
actions that occur on or off the campus to secure compliance with these higher obligations.
Students failing to maintain these higher obligations may be asked to leave the academic community.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementThere are several areas designated as a Free Expression Area for
speeches and demonstrations at Arkansas State University. These areas will generally be
available for this purpose between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Use of this
area for speaking, demonstrating and other forms of expression will be scheduled through the
Dean of Student Development and Leadership in order to accommodate all interested users.
Should any individual or group desire the use of other areas of the campus and other times for
speeches and demonstrations, a request must be made to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
designee Dean of Student Development and Leadership at least 72 hours in advance of the event.
Such plans will be considered in accordance with the principle of content neutrality.
1. Lawn near the arch located between Wilson Hall and Computer Science and Math Building
2. Amphitheatre located near the Lab Sciences Building, Education Communication Building,
Library and Computer Science and Math Building
3. Heritage Plaza east of Reng Student Union at Caraway Road
4. Convocation Center, Fowler Center, and Athletic Complex provide several freedom of expression
a. Lawn at University Loop and Cooper Alumni Center next to the Convocation Center
b. Lawn at the east side of Olympic Drive near Kell Field
c. Lawn at the east side of Olympic Drive At the Alumni Boulevard Intersection
d. Lawn at the west side of Intersection of A Street and Johnson Ave. across from Soccer Complex
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementDisrupting the regular or normal functions of the Arkansas State University Community,
including behavior which breaches the peace, limits the safety or violates the rights of others.
This includes high volume speech that may or may not be offensive or inflammatory in
common areas of buildings such as the student union lobby or cafeteria.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPhysical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion and/or other conduct which
threatens or endangers the health or safety of self or others.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUsers must not deny, attempt to deny, or interfere with service to other users in any way, including by "resource hogging," misusing mailing lists, propagating "chain letters" or virus hoaxes, "spamming" (spreading email or postings widely and without good purpose), or flooding an individual, group, or system with numerous or large email messages.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementActions, whether physical, oral, written, electronic, through a third party or otherwise
communicated, that have the purpose of creating a hostile or intimidating environment and
which are directed at a specific individual or group.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementArkansas State University highly regards the first amendment guarantees of freedom of speech,
freedom of expression, and the right to assemble peaceably.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or employment performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive university environment.