Location: Waco, Texas
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
Baylor University has been given the speech code rating Exempt. Exempt institutions are private universities that express clearly and consistently that they believe in a set of values above the commitment of free speech. Read more here.
Student organization expressive activity must be registered with the Department of Student Activities and follow all guidelines as requested by Student Activities in the event approval notice. … Signage, leaflets, or other distributable or displayable materials will be reviewed prior to expressive activity for approval. … The University reserves the right to control time, place, message, and manner of the expressive activity.
Fraudulent, harassing, offensive, or obscene messages or materials are not to be sent, printed, requested, displayed, or stored on Baylor-owned or operated technology systems. Information that invades an individual’s privacy or is disparaging of an individual or business must not be published without the express consent of the person or business entity.
Baylor University contracts with a professional Web-filtering service to block sites that this vendor designates as adult content (e.g., obscenity, pornography).
Obscene material, including but not limited to, pornographic literature, X-rated movies, posters depicting full or partial nudity, displays of profanity (verbal or written), and language or images that are offensive to others are prohibited from all on-campus residential communities. This standard also applies to obscene material on computers.
It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.
The following examples of misconduct are not inclusive but are intended to give a student an idea of the types of behavior that may result in disciplinary action.
Expression that is inappropriate in the setting of Baylor University and in opposition to the Christian ideals which it strives to uphold.
Contemptuous or disrespectful behavior.
Baylor University is a private university controlled by an all-Baptist board of regents operated within the Christian-oriented aims and ideals of Baptists, and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, a cooperative association of autonomous Texas Baptist churches. Accordingly, the campus is private property; and no party may enter or remain upon it without the consent of the University. Furthermore, no party may conduct or participate in an activity, including any facilities use or campus solicitation, that would embarrass or bring discredit to the Convention or to Baylor in the view of their constituencies.
Behavior that violates the student disciplinary policy or the personnel policy may be a basis for discipline, whether or not the behavior violates someone’s civil rights. For example, one statement regarding another’s sexual activity may not be sexual harassment as defined in civil rights laws, but such a statement may nonetheless be inappropriate and form the basis of discipline.
Speakers whose purposes and methods are basically contrary to the purposes and methods of a Christian university such as Baylor should not be invited. The use of profanity shall not be tolerated.