Armstrong State University

Location: Savannah, Georgia
Website: http://www.armstrong.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Armstrong 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: Honor Code and Code of Conduct- Conduct Offenses 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Personal 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.)

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment and Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment 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.

    Examples of harassing conduct include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability; and
    • Written or graphic material that does not serve an academic purpose that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability and that is placed on walls, bulletin boards or elsewhere on university premises or circulated in the workplace or the classroom.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Honor Code and Code of Conduct- Student Responsibilities 13-14

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

    Students 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Honor Code and Code of Conduct- Conduct Offenses 13-14

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

    Personal misconduct which includes, but is not limited to the following: … Lewd, indecent, obscene conduct or expression.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment and Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Pursuant 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.

    Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Physical assault which may carry criminal penalties as well.
    • Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment, work status, compensation, promotion, grades, or letters of recommendation.
    • Sexual advances, physical or implied, or direct propositions of a sexual nature. This activity may include inappropriate/unnecessary touching or rubbing against another, sexually-suggestive or degrading jokes or comments, remarks of a sexual nature about one’s clothing and/or body, preferential treatment in exchange for sexual activity, and the inappropriate display of sexually-explicit pictures, text, printed materials, or objects that do not serve an academic purpose.
    • A pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create or has the effect of creating discomfort and/or humiliating another.
    • Remarks speculating about a person’s sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one’s own sexual activities or sexual history that do not serve a medical, employment or academic purpose.

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  • Student Handbook: Policy on Freedom of Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The following provisions and regulations apply to faculty, staff, students, student organizations and visitors and deal only with non-commercial speech. Commercial speech is regulated by campus solicitation policies.

    The 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.

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  • Responsible Access and Use of Information Technology Resources and Services Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Prohibited Use of Campus Resources: … Knowingly using IT resources for illegal activities. Criminal or illegal use may include obscenity, child pornography, threats, harassment, defamation, and theft.

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Armstrong State University

    July 8, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for July 2014: Armstrong State University, a public university in the University System of Georgia.
    Armstrong’s list of student conduct offenses (PDF) includes, among other things:
    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.)

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  • Armstrong Atlantic State University, Student Newspaper Settle Lawsuit

    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 […]

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