Location: Athens, Alabama
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
Athens 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
persons. Create, display, transmit or make accessible threatening, racist,
sexist, offensive, annoying or harassing language and/or material.
actions that are unwelcome or offensive to a person in relation to race, color, national
origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information,
or veteran status. Harassment occurs when it is known, or ought reasonably to be
known, that the comments or conduct are unwelcome. ... Examples of harassment include but are not limited to: gestures, remarks, jokes,
taunting, innuendo, display of offensive materials, threats, imposition of academic
penalties, hazing, stalking, shunning or exclusion related to the discriminatory or
harassing grounds. Harassing words or comments may be in verbal, printed, or
January 21, 2014
by Alec Torres The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its annual report on college-campus speech codes last week finding that while the percentage of colleges that seriously infringe upon students’ free-speech rights has diminished in recent years, many universities still burden students with overbearing and sometimes ridiculous speech regulations. Here’s a look at some of the most egregious speech codes that FIRE found: The University of Connecticut requires that “every member of the University shall refrain from actions that intimidate, humiliate, or demean persons or groups, or that undermine their security or self-esteem.” At Athens State University in Alabama, […]» Read More