East Tennessee State University

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Website: http://www.etsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

East Tennessee 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

  • Catalog: Policies and Procedures- General Statement on Discrimination and Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Suggestive or inappropriate communications, email, notes, letters, or other written materials displaying objects or pictures which are sexual in nature that would create hostile or offensive work or living environments;

    Sexual innuendoes, comments, and remarks about a person’s clothing, body, or activities;

    Suggestive or insulting sounds;

    Whistling in a suggestive manner;

    Humor and jokes about sex that denigrate men or women;

    Sexual propositions, invitations, or pressure for sexual activity;

    Use in the classroom of sexual jokes, stories, remarks, or images in no way or only marginally relevant to the subject matter of the class;

    Implied or overt sexual threats;

    Suggestive or obscene gestures;

    Patting, pinching, and other inappropriate touching;

    Unnecessary touching or brushing against the body;

    Attempted or actual kissing or fondling;

    Sexual violence; including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion;

    Suggestive or inappropriate acts, such as comments, innuendoes, or physical contact based on one’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity/expression.

    The examples listed above are not exclusive, but simply represent types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment.

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  • Catalog: Policies and Procedures- General Statement on Discrimination and Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, religion, creed, ethic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law, that … Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment of the individual

    Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to verbal or physical conduct relating to an employee’s national origin, race, surname, skin color or accent, offensive or derogatory jokes based on a protected category, racial or ethnic slurs, pressure for dates or sexual favors, unwelcome comments about a person’s religion or religious garments, offensive graffiti, cartoons or pictures, or offensive remarks about a person’s age.

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Yellow Light Policies
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  • ETSU, Brute?

    June 8, 2012

    Okay, it’s a terrible Shakespearean pun. But as bad a pun as this blog post’s title is, it’s still nowhere near as disappointing as the state of free speech at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).   The basic story is that as part of a “civility week,” the Student Government Association created T-shirts with various slurs on the front and the message “I am more than a label. Think. Live. Respect.” on the back. The T-shirt campaign was quite clearly a campaign to combat stereotyping. Nevertheless, the ETSU administration wasn’t so thrilled with the shirts, and quickly imposed heavy-handed censorship. […]

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