Bowling Green State University

Location: Bowling Green, Ohio
Website: http://www.bgsu.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Bowling Green State University 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.

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FIRE Speech Code Memorandum for Bowling Green State University

Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Codes of Conduct- Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.

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  • Student Handbook: Racial and Ethnic Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Racial and ethnic harassment constitutes any physical or verbal behavior
    that subjects an individual to an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational, employment or living environment. Such harassment:
    A. Denigrates or stereotypes an individual because of his or her racial or ethnic affiliation;
    B. Demeans or slurs an individual through pictorial illustrations, graffiti or written documents or material because of his or her racial or ethnic affiliation;
    C. Makes unwarranted and disparaging references or innuendoes in attributing an individual's personal conduct, habit or lifestyle due to his or her racial or ethnic affiliation.

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  • Student Handbook: Codes of Conduct- Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, sexual contact without permission, sex-based
    violence, stalking, coercion and other conduct, which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
    This section is intended to include any contact or communication that threatens, harasses or injures a person or
    oneself.

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  • Student Handbook: Speak Out Area 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    For the convenience of our students, faculty, staff and community members, a specifically designated "speak out area," is available in front of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This area allows individuals or groups who wish to exercise their free speech rights the greatest opportunity to reach the widest audiences possible. This area is not reservable and is used on a "first-come, first served" basis.

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  • Student Handbook: Space and Facilities Reservations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Departments, student organizations or groups outside the University desiring to use campus grounds must complete an application for grounds use. ... Application for use of designated campus grounds must be made in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Administrative Office at least ten (10) University working days before the date of the use.

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  • Poster Advertising Policy for Residence Halls 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    The Office of Residence Life has the right to refuse any advertising done within residence halls that does not support the goals and objectives of the department, the Division of Student Affairs or the University community.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Speak Out Area 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Bowling Green State University is committed to the ideals and constitutional rights associated with freedom of speech. It is a given that the University, in its entirety, is considered to be an environment where free speech, the expression of ideas and thoughts, and the exchange of opinion occur throughout the campus.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual
    harassment when: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational
    environment.

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  • Student Handbook: Codes of Conduct- Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    One of the concerns of Bowling Green State University is to provide each student with the opportunity to learn. Therefore, some personal freedoms and rights of students include, but are not limited to:
    1. Freedom of inquiry, speech and assembly.

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