East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Location: East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www3.esu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

East Stroudsburg 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.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Student-to-Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Peer Sexual Harassments includes intentional persistent, malicious, lewd or other verbal or physical behavior with sexist or sexual connotations which annoys, bothers, disconcerts or embarrasses another by communication via media, telephone or printed material.

    Specific types of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, those items listed below; they do not limit the scope of the charges that may be brought to only these acts. 1. verbal harassment or abuse 2. subtle pressure for sexual activity 3. sexist remarks about a person’s clothing, body, or sexual activities 4. unnecessary touching, patting or pinching, leering or ogling of a person’s body 5. constant brushing against a person’s body 6. demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats 7. physical assault

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: The ESU Promise- A Commitment to Civility 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience

    As an ESU Student:

    By choosing to join this community, I accept the obligation to live by these common values and commit myself to the following principles: … I will support a culture of diversity by respecting the rights of those who differ from myself … By endorsing these common principles, I accept a moral obligation to behave in ways that contribute to a civil campus environment and resolve to support this behavior in others. This commitment to civility is my promise to East Stroudsburg University and its community of scholars.

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  • Residence Hall Information & Policies: Community Standards 13-14

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

    As a member of this residence hall, I will abide by the standards and expectations established by this community. Specifically, I will strive to:

    Refrain from using vulgar, foul or derogatory language, particularly in public areas.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    The following types of behavior are examples of what may constitute sexual harassment:
    * Verbal harassment including sexually offensive or chauvinistic language that is
    severe and pervasive
    * Inappropriate remarks about another’s body, clothing or sexual activities
    * Subtle or overt pressure for sexual activity
    * Inappropriate touching, patting or pinching
    * Leering or ogling another’s body
    * Generalized sexist remarks or behavior
    * Inappropriate and offensive uninvited sexual advances
    * Solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promise of reward
    * Sexual assault
    * Coercion of sexual activity by threat of punishment

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment or intimidation of any person in a manner that causes that person to feel that his or her health and safety is endangered. This includes, but is not limited to, cyberbullying.

    Any other actions deemed to be inconsistent with appropriate student conduct, as determined by the President of East Stroudsburg University.

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Green Light Policies
  • Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, whether or not accompanied by promises or threats, and other sexual conduct when: … such conduct is so severe or pervasive so as to create a hostile or abusive work or educational environment, which unreasonably interferes with work or educational performance, or negatively effects an individuals’ employment or education opportunities.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Behaving in a manner that by its severity, pervasiveness or persistence interferes with or limits the ability of other
    students to engage in a climate conducive for living and learning.

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  • Discrimination and Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment: is defined as any type of behavior based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status that is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an individual’s ability in the work, learning or other university environment.

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  • Student Handbook: Conduct Process and Regulations- Inquiry and Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The student and the student organization shall be free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly or privately.

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  • New High-Court Nominee Has Championed Free Speech on Campuses and Questioned Policies on Diversity

    November 11, 2005

    President Bush’s latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Samuel A. Alito Jr., is a federal appeals-court judge who has championed free speech on campuses while taking a skeptical view of policies intended to protect minority students from verbal harassment or give the minority employees of educational institutions an edge over their colleagues.   Many Republican lawmakers and conservative commentators cheered the president’s announcement last week that he had picked Judge Alito to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who plans to retire. But several liberal groups immediately declared their opposition to Judge Alito, and key Democratic senators made it clear […]

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  • FIRE Cases Figure Strongly in ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’ Article on Retaliation Against Faculty Speech

    August 3, 2011

    The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Peter Schmidt has an excellent article on the hair-trigger sensibilities of the college classroom, in which many professors have found themselves under fire for remarks seen as violent or threatening. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the free speech and academic freedom issues involved, several of the cases Schmidt cites in his piece are cases in which FIRE has been—or is currently—involved. Two of the cases Schmidt devotes significant coverage to in his article are cases with which FIRE has been intimately involved in recent months. The first, involving law professor Lawrence Connell of Widener University, concerns […]

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  • East Stroudsburg University Suspends Innocent Professor for Weeks over Facebook Comments

    April 5, 2010

    East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) has finally reinstated professor Gloria Gadsden this week after suspending her for more than a month, pending a psychological examination, because of comments about her students on Facebook. Taking actions that would have been worthless if Gadsden had truly presented a threat as the university asserted, ESU put her on paid administrative leave because she had posted obvious jokes including that she “didn’t want to kill even one student.” After FIRE intervened and a clinician found her fit for work, Gadsden returned to the classroom last week. Gadsden’s saga began in late February, after someone […]

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