Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Location: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 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.

  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.

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  • Student Handbook: Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students- Preamble 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Bloomsburg University exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general
    well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    A violation of the University Harassment and Discrimination Policy constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The following statements outline this policy:

    1. No person shall engage in harassing, intimidating, or threatening conduct. This includes stalking.
    2. No person shall exhibit behavior that harms or threatens to harm another person or another person’s property. This includes but is not limited to harassing, intimidating or threatening conduct, physical harm, or conduct that results in property damage.
    3. No person shall physically harm or exhibit threatening, intimidating, or harassing conduct toward a University employee related to the performance of his or her job.
    4. No person shall physically harm or exhibit threatening, intimidating, or harassing conduct toward any party or witness involved in a judicial case or cause damage to his or her property with the intent of influencing outcomes or for retaliation.
    5. No person shall engage in conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination based on another person’s race, color, sex, religion, age or national origin.

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  • Harassment and Discrimination Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or physical conduct of a sexual nature when such conduct is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive so as to have the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, educational performance, or creating a hostile or offensive environment.

    Racial Harassment: Harassing or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his/her race, color, national origin or ethnicity, and that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive so as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment, which substantially limits or interferes with work or educational performance, or substantially limits or interferes with an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.

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