Location: Dover, Delaware
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit
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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementVerbal abuse: The use of harsh, often insulting language to any member of the University community.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual 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).
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUsers 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
- Result in Delaware State University’s liability, embarrassment or loss of
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementStudents 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
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementDisorderly 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.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUse of computing facilities to send obscene, pornographic, or abusive messages
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementAll 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.