Location: Savannah, Georgia
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
Armstrong Atlantic 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: Harassment Policies, StatementPersonal misconduct which includes, but is not limited to the following: ... Sexual harassment (i.e., unwelcome sexual advances or conduct, creation of a hostile environment as perceived by the complainant, or the demand for sexual favors in return for some benefit.)
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability or that of their relatives, friends or associates, and that: * Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or study environment; or
* Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or study performance; or
* Otherwise adversely affects an individual's employment or study opportunities.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementStudents are expected to ... Be fair and courteous with others, treat them fairly and with respect, showing sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity and personal dignity.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementPersonal misconduct which includes, but is not limited to the following: ... Lewd, indecent, obscene conduct or expression.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, "sexual harassment" is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature when: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual's work or educational performance; of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working and/or learning environment; or of interfering with one's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementThe two areas designated as "Free Expression Areas" at Armstrong are the two grass
lawns bordered directly by the Sports Center Parking lot and the Student Union with
sidewalks on three sides. All users must stay within the designated area and not obstruct,
disrupt or otherwise interfere with authorized and scheduled university activities.
Use of a free expression area is generally available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and must be scheduled through the Student Union and
Activities Office to best accommodate all interested users. Requests are considered on a
first-come, first-serve basis.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUsing University computer and telecommunications technologies with the intent to perform any of the following actions is strictly prohibited: ... Using electronic resources for "bullying or harassment".
November 21, 2008
After the Student Government Association (SGA) at Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) in Savannah, Ga., cut funding for the student newspaper The Inkwell by $14,760, editors for the paper filed suit against the university and the SGA for violation of their First Amendment rights. The Inkwell alleged that its budget was slashed because the SGA disapproved of several articles that criticized the university. As we reported on The Torch back in July, the lawsuit alleged that “Shortly after the start of the 2007–08 academic year, officials of AASU and of the AASU Student Government Association began a pattern of openly […]» Read More