Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Eastern Kentucky University has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more here.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct is sufficiently severe and pervasive so as to alter the conditions of, have purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
Generally, hostile environment sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that a reasonable person would find unwelcome or unwanted and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to adversely affect the working or learning environment.
The use of information technology resources for unlawful purposes is prohibited. Examples of unlawful use include, but are not limited to: defrauding, threatening, abusing, defaming, harassing, intimidating or transmitting obscene messages or media. Using information technology is no different than similar conduct carried out in person, by telephone or by mail. Violations through electronic media will subject the individual to the same University sanctions.
As citizens, students enjoy the same freedoms as are guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and have the same duties and responsibilities, as do other citizens.
Students are free to discuss, to express opinions and to hear expression of diverse opinions.
February 6, 2013
Eastern has received a green light from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for recent policy revisions that make the university more First Amendment friendly. Mike Reagle, associate vice president for Student Affairs, described FIRE as a group that was founded to make sure students, faculty and staff’s rights are maintained at universities. FIRE reviews school policies across the United States and highlights policies that are in violation of the First Amendment. Samantha Harris, the director of speech code research at FIRE, said the green light classification Eastern just received means the school is no longer in violation […]» Read More
April 1, 2013
Tomorrow, FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley heads to the Bluegrass State to discuss student rights at the University of Kentucky (UK) and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). At both schools, Creeley will examine the state of the law on freedom of speech on today’s college campuses, discussing the decades of legal precedent upholding First Amendment protections on college campuses, common restrictions on student and faculty speech, and shocking instances of censorship on campus. Creeley will also answer questions about how students can best protect their rights and the limited exceptions to freedom of expression. For those of […]» Read More
February 7, 2013
Monday, FIRE announced that it had added Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to its exclusive list of 16 colleges and universities whose policies do not unduly burden free speech (or “green light” schools, if you prefer something shorter). Today, EKU’s student newspaper, The Eastern Progress, reports on the school’s brand new green light rating and quotes FIRE’s Director of Speech Code Research Samantha Harris. Be sure to check out the full article on The Eastern Progress’ website!» Read More
March 1, 2010
As FIRE continues to be successful in our efforts to prevent schools from violating the First Amendment, universities are devising more creative—and specious—ways to rebut FIRE’s admonitions. The most recent odd response involves claiming that a university’s discussion of enacting unconstitutional speech policies is itself protected speech. This defense not only misses the point, but it threatens to obscure and undermine First Amendment rights. Students, in tandem with administrators, have also begun falsely invoking free speech as a defense against criticisms that they are censoring their peers. Last week, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) President Doug Whitlock responded to FIRE’s charge […]» Read More
October 16, 2009
FIRE was elated to begin the week with the announcement that The College of William & Mary had reformed the last of its troublesome speech codes and become one of just eleven colleges to earn a “green light” rating in FIRE’s Spotlight database. Perhaps the fever has spread to neighboring James Madison University, where the focus has intensified on JMU’s policy on “Obscene Conduct” since it was named FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month. Not surprisingly, heightened awareness of the policy sowed discontent among the student body–enough so that this week JMU’s student newspaper The Breeze reported that JMU has […]» Read More