Delaware State University

Location: Dover, Delaware
Website: http://www.desu.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Delaware State University 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Conduct Standards and Policies- Personal Violations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Verbal abuse: The use of harsh, often insulting language to any member of the University community.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other oral, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when the behavior is not welcome by the recipient and is offensive to a reasonable person (as judged by the University Administration).

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  • Acceptable Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Users are obligated to never use University systems (such as the Intranet or Internet) to engage in activities that are unlawful, violate University policies or in ways that would:

    • Be disruptive, cause offense to others, or harm morale.
    • Be considered harassing or discriminatory or create a hostile work environment.
    • Result in Delaware State University’s liability, embarrassment or loss of reputation.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: General Standards of Conduct- Decorum 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Students are expected to refrain from using four-letter words, obscenities and non-verbal behavior that is not acceptable under Delaware State University’s standard of decency, when communicating (verbally, nonverbally or in writing) with parents, students, visitors, professional staff, and others on University Premises or during University Activities. This policy does not extend to private conversations where no one present is offended by the language, but does include any communication in public where others may overhear and be offended by the conduct or behavior. Nor does this policy extend to any communications protected by the First Amendment. Violations may be subject to judicial action under the category of verbal abuse and, where applicable, insubordination.

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  • Student Handbook: Conduct Standards and Policies- Personal Violations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Disorderly Conduct: Constituting a public nuisance by being offensive to public order or decency. Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to engaging in violent behavior, making unreasonable loud noise, lewd or indecent behavior or an offensive utterance or gesture.

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  • Student Handbook: Conduct Standards and Policies- Property Violations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Use of computing facilities to send obscene, pornographic, or abusive messages.

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  • Student Handbook: Conduct Standards and Policies- Individual or Group Protest Action Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    All students who wish to organize a group protest, whether or not they are members of a recognized student organization, must follow the same procedures as student organizations to request access to facilities or a location on University premises. The University reserves the right to set limits on the appropriate time, place and manner of the protest.

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