Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
Auburn University Montgomery has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementWhile sexual harassment encompasses a wide range of conduct, some examples of specifically
prohibited conduct include: ... Engaging in unwelcome sexually suggestive conversation ....
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementThe posting of materials in public areas must be approved by Housing and Residence Life office,
and the department reserves the right to refuse such postings that contain rude, vulgar, indecent,
or obscene expressions.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementAuburn University Montgomery reserves the right to
require speakers to use the free speech area (located in the
Library Plaza-area between the north side of the Library Tower
and the south side of Goodwyn Hall,) or other designated
locations, to avoid unreasonable conflict with the normal
functions and requirements of the University and to assure that
the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic will not be impeded.
The area will be available Monday-Friday between the hours of
8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The event must be scheduled with
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment in academic settings and in the employment arena where students are involved is defined as:
Conduct (physical, verbal, graphic, written, or electronic) that is (1) unwelcome; (2) discriminatory on
the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability; (3) directed at
an individual or group in one of the protected classes outlined in this policy; and (4) so severe or
pervasive and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with the victim’s ability to participate
in or to realize the intended benefits of an institutional activity, opportunity, or resource, unreasonably
interferes with the victim’s work or living environment, or deprives the victim of some other protected
January 2, 2013
Another year, a dozen more ridiculous speech codes. To kick off the new year, FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for January 2013: Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). AUM’s Policy Regarding Harassment and Discrimination of Students (PDF) prohibits harassment, which at AUM includes “jokes or other graphic or physical conduct relating to a student’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.” After years of writing this monthly feature, I often feel like a broken record, but I will keep repeating myself so long as universities continue not to understand: a public university […]» Read More