Location: Bowling Green, Ohio
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
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.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUse of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementRacial 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPhysical 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
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementFor 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.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementDepartments, 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.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementThe 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.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementBowling 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementUnwelcome 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
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementOne 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.