Location: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
Elizabeth City State University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
January 10, 2006
FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also reveals that “13 out of the 16 schools in the UNC System have at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”» Read More
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies
Information on posters, handbills, flyers and banners which can be considered racially, sexually or otherwise offensive may not be posted. Decisions will be made by the Office of Student Life based on the UNC General Administration and Elizabeth City State University polices or applicable federal regulations.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
Except where it is explicitly permitted, it is a violation of one or more university policies, state or federal law(s) for users of the university’s Internet resources to: … Provide obscene, defamatory, or harassing language or material, or use the resources to defame or harass. … Use network resources to view or transmit pornography or other objectionable material.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
The designated area on campus for “free speech” events is the Outdoor Classroom.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors or other unwelcome verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
A. submission to such conduct is made either an expressed or implied term or condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing; or
B. submission to or refusal of such conduct is used as grounds for a decision concerning an individual’s employment or academic standing; or
C. such conduct is so extreme or constant that a reasonable person would find that it:
i. alters the terms or conditions of a person’s employment or educational experience; or
ii. unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or performance in a course, program, or activity, which thereby creates a hostile or abusive work or educational environment.
November 6, 2012
This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from us—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. In this series, we are discussing common problems with campus speech codes, focusing on examples from schools that are just a few small changes away from earning a green light rating. So far, we have examined how universities restrict speech by mandating […]» Read More
October 24, 2012
This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. So far, we have discussed how universities restrict speech by mandating “civility” and by improperly broadening the definition of “harassment.” (Harassment, while not protected speech, is a term with a very specific legal meaning.) Today we tackle another common problem: restrictions on […]» Read More