Brigham Young University

Location: Provo, Utah
Website: http://www.byu.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Brigham Young 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.

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Not Rated Policies
  • Undergraduate Catalog: Church Educational System Honor Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University--Hawaii, Brigham Young University--Idaho, and LDS Business College seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will

    Be honest
    Live a chaste and virtuous life
    Obey the law and all campus policies
    Use clean language
    Respect others
    Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
    Participate regularly in church services
    Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
    Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

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  • Human Resources: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Inappropriate gender-based behavior is any behavior directed at another person due to that person's gender which violates the Honor Code or the person's individual dignity but does not rise to the level of unlawful sexual harassment. Inappropriate gender-based behavior is a violation of the Honor Code and is against university policy.

    Some examples of inappropriate behavior are:

    * Repeated stereotypical gender-based remarks;
    * Sexually oriented jokes, flirting, or comments;
    * Unwelcome touching or any touching of a sexual nature;
    * Verbal or physical abuse;
    * Graphic, sexually oriented comments about an individual's body;
    * Derogatory or demeaning comments concerning gender;
    * Offensive or crude language;
    * Display of objects or pictures which are sexual in nature; and/or
    * Persistent and unwanted attempts to change a professional relationship into a personal one.

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  • Weekly Media Round-Up: Quick Victory at Binghamton Keeps FIRE Looming Large

    November 21, 2008

    It’s a good day when FIRE is able to declare victory in a nasty dispute before the waves of attention generated by our initial involvement have had time to settle. Such was the case with Binghamton University’s (BU’s) Department of Social Work, which dropped its investigation of graduate student Andre Massena within a day of FIRE exposing his egregious treatment at the hands of BU administrators. The Volokh Conspiracy, which picked up FIRE’s press release detailing BU’s appalling violations of Massena’s constitutional rights within hours of its being issued, was equally quick to report FIRE’s victory. Students for Academic Freedom […]

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  • Sectarian Institutions and Free Speech

    April 17, 2007

    As mentioned in previous blog entries, George Mason University Professor Jon B. Gould’s call for the dissolution of FIRE (subscribers only, unfortunately) in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Review section is riddled with mischaracterizations and inaccuracies. Having disproved his example of FIRE’s “exaggeration” of speech codes and pointed out his questionable understanding of how sexual harassment regulations are constructed on campus, we would like to turn now to his contention that FIRE does not much care about censorship on sectarian religious campuses: One need only look at FIRE’s Web site. During the first week of February this year, half of […]

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  • Embattled Professor to Leave Brigham Young

    October 23, 2006

    Inside Higher Ed reports today that Professor Steven Jones—whom BYU stripped of his teaching duties because of his view that 9/11 was orchestrated by the United States—has reached an agreement with the university under which he is “retiring from his job as a physics instructor” at BYU.

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  • ‘Inside Higher Ed’ Reports on Recent Cases of Censorship on Campus

    September 12, 2006

    As classes begin this fall across the nation, debate over censorship on university campuses continues to rage. Inside Higher Ed had an article yesterday, on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, detailing several recent controversies. Some involve the censorship of controversial ideas and figures by the university, others the defense of those ideas.   At Brigham Young University, a professor has been relieved of his two courses because of his statements supporting a conspiracy theory that explosives led to the collapse of the World Trade Center. An art exhibit at the University of Maine was shut down by […]

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  • BYU action on Jones lamented

    September 12, 2006

    PROVO — Leaders of the American Association of University Professors are criticizing Brigham Young University for placing physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave while university administrators conduct a review of his statements and research about the attacks on the World Trade Center. AAUP general secretary Roger Bowen called BYU’s decision “distressing” and said Jones shouldn’t have been removed from teaching two classes this semester for statements made outside the classroom. Jones has published a paper — www.journalof911studies.com — suggesting that evidence shows the World Trade Center towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, because of pre-set demolition charges, not just […]

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  • BYU criticized for putting professor on leave

    September 12, 2006

    A BYU professor’s conspiracy theory about 9-11 is generating plenty of talk. But this morning the criticism is aimed not at the professor, but at Brigham Young University, for putting Dr. Steven Jones on paid leave. Critics say the issue here is academic freedom. The American Association of University Professors, or AAUP, believes academic freedom protects the professor’s statements outside the classroom. But the major question that remains– what did he say in the classroom? Physics Professor Steven Jones says he only offered his 9-11 theory when students asked him about it. Dr. Jones says evidence at Ground Zero suggests […]

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