Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

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

Speech Code Rating

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. 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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Red Light Policies

  • Residence Life: Cyber Stalking and Bullying Information 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Statement

    Students should be aware that they can be held accountable for posting and sending inappropriate, uncivil, harassing, and threatening content on the Internet (Face book, Twitter, e-mail, IM, texting, U-Tube, etc.). Any act that is unbecoming of a CU student to include cyber bullying and cyber stalking is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and the CU Student Handbook. Depending he severity of the incident, students can also be suspended, expelled, and/or arrested for such acts.

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  • Policy on Student Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment is described as conduct by an individual or group, which creates or has the intended
    outcome of creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment for another.
    The following are considered to be violation:
    A. A course of conduct or repeatedly committed acts that serve no legitimate purpose;
    B. Mocking, taunting, or the use of derogatory slurs and epithets towards another;
    C. Direct or indirect threats to commit any act of violence with the intent to terrorize

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: The Cheyney Student Creed 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

    These things I believe ... That loyalty to my college, its ideals and traditions, is reflected in the
    manner in which: I refrain from any act or comment which would do
    her dishonor ... I am clean in
    body, mind, and speech ... To these things I pledge my honor.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Harassment, Intimidation, Stalking or Threats 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassing behavior, meaning conduct directed at a specific individual(s) that is
    sufficiently severe or pervasive to substantially interfere with the individual’s
    employment, education, or access to University programs, activities, and/or
    opportunities. Behavior is considered to be punishable harassment if: (1) it has a
    harmful effect on the individual in question and (2) is behavior that would have a
    harmful effect on other reasonable individuals who experienced the same

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  • Student Handbook: Network and Computer Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    No person shall use IT resources to harass others, as defined in the policy; to send obscene messages
    or materials; to threaten the safety of another; to send libelous messages or to interfere with
    the work of the University

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Cheyney University had modified the EEOC’s definition of sexual harassment to include
    students; therefore: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and
    other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute
    sexual harassment when: ... Such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to have the
    effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work
    performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive
    working, educational or residential environment.

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