Arkansas State University

Location: State University, Arkansas
Website: http://www.astate.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    The 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    There 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 areas
    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

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  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Disrupting 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. Breaching the peace includes but is not limited to high volume speech that may or may not be offensive or inflammatory that can be heard in common areas of buildings such as hallways, lobbies or the cafeteria.

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  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of self or others.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Actions, 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Arkansas State University highly regards the first amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to assemble peaceably.

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  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature when at least one of the following conditions is met: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work, academic or living environment.

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