Emory University

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Website: http://www.emory.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Emory 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

  • Residence Life Policies: Discrimination and Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    [Discriminatory harassment] includes but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depiction or treatment, and threatening or actual abuse or harm.

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  • Residence Life Policies: Acts of Intolerance 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    An [Act of Intolerance] is defined as any act directed against any person or group as a result of their personage including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, ability, or veteran’s status and that has the effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, or hostile environment for that person in particular or others who may see, hear, or otherwise witness the act. Furthermore, students’ use of epithets or names in a derogatory manner will be constituted as an [Act of Intolerance].

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Office of Equal Opportunity Programs: Discriminatory Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Emory’s policy prohibits discriminatory harassment of a non-sexual nature, which includes verbal, physical, or graphic conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law, and that

    • Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employmenteducational, or living environment; or
    • Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or a student’s academic performance.

    Prohibited behavior includes conduct or material (physical, oral, written, graphic, , electronic messages or media posted or circulated in the community) involving epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts, that serve no scholarly purpose appropriate to the academic context and gratuitously denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran’s status, or any factor protected by applicable law.

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  • Undergraduate Code of Conduct: Expectations of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Although it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every instance of misconduct that could result in disciplinary action against a student, the following are examples of the types of behavior that are considered violations of this Code. … Misuse of computer or network resources, including but not limited to: use of another individual’s identification or password; using computer or network resources to send anonymous, obscene, unwanted, harassing, or abusive messages … Engaging in conduct that is likely to cause physical injury or emotional distress or otherwise endanger any person.

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  • Information Technology Conditions of Use 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Limited and reasonable personal use of Emory’s IT resources is acceptable and allowed, as long as it does not: … Reflect poorly on the institution

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  • Office of Equal Opportunity Programs: Discriminatory Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct, based on sex or on gender stereotypes, when;

    • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or student status or;
    • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual or;
    • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s university employment, academic performance or participation in university programs or activities, or creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive.

    Sexual harassment may include, for example, repeatedly subjecting a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention, physical or verbal advances, sexual flirtations or propositions, vulgar talk or jokes, degrading graphic materials or verbal comments of a sexual nature about an individual or his or her appearance, or the display of sexually suggestive objects outside a scholarly context and purpose.

    Sexual harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and gender-based bullying.  Prohibited sexual harassment in the working or learning environment includes an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship; to punish a refusal to comply with a sexual based request; to condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances, and to make direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of employment or academic opportunity. Sexual harassment may also occur in the form of unwelcome, sexually suggestive cartoons, pictures, email, text, tweets, video or other graphic materials that may contribute to a hostile working or learning environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Office of Equal Opportunity Programs: Discriminatory Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Emory University is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community dedicated to the ideals of free academic discourse in teaching, scholarship, and community service. Emory University abides by the values of academic freedom and is built on the assumption that contention among different views is positive and necessary for the expansion of knowledge, both for the University itself and as a training ground for society at large. Emory is committed to the widest possible scope for the free circulation of ideas.

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  • Campus Life Student Organization Speakers Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The University places a very high value on freedom of speech and on the opportunity for intellectual stimulation that can be a product of controversial content.

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  • Is Emory’s Student Government Ready to Take a Stand for Free Speech?

    November 21, 2011

    There’s some good news on the free speech front at Emory University, where (as I wrote here last week) a proposed “free expression zone” policy had all appearances of being woefully misguided and actually quite bad for free speech at Emory. The Emory Wheel expressed worry about the implications of such a zone as well. Now, Student Government Association (SGA) official Andrew Hull is hitting back against the notion that this new policy will restrict free speech. Of the Wheel‘s editorial against the new policy, Hull writes: The first point that the Wheel brings up is that a free expression zone implies limitations […]

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  • Emory Students Speak out Against Proposed ‘Free Expression Zone’ Policy

    November 11, 2011

    On Wednesday I gave Emory University a shellacking over a proposed “free expression zone” policy, which was hailed in The Emory Wheel as a step forward by Emory’s student government president and a number of Emory administrators. As I wrote, the fact that such initiatives on supposedly free liberal arts campuses are so positively received does far more to show how far our tolerance for free speech has plummeted rather than grown, seeing the extent to which students are willing to censor themselves today. Fortunately, I’m not alone. Today in the Wheel, Emory graduate student Andy Ratto expresses similar sentiments, saying that […]

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  • At Emory, Understanding of Free Speech so Bad it Makes a ‘Free Speech Zone’ Sound Good

    November 9, 2011

    You know standards for free speech on campus have fallen pretty far when a plan to establish a “free speech zone” policy seems like progress and not regression. Just such a move—a joint effort between students and administrators—is underway at Emory University, The Emory Wheel student newspaper reports. The Wheel‘s article merits quoting at length because it’s chock-full of infantilization from Emory’s administrators, as well as the perception—both from students and the administration—that free speech is something that requires permission to exercise and should be turned off the moment it becomes troublesome. The Wheel reports that Student Government Association (SGA) president Adam […]

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  • Emory Professor Allowed to Say He’s an Emory Professor on Private Blog

    July 14, 2009

    Steadily growing scrutiny from the higher education media and organizations including FIRE has caused Emory University to backtrack on its previous demand that Professor J. Douglas Bremner remove the name of the university—including the fact that he is an Emory professor—from his private blog. Bremner, a professor of psychiatry and radiology at Emory’s School of Medicine, has used his blog Before You Take That Pill as a launching pad for his criticism of the pharmaceutical industry. Emory demanded that Bremner remove its name from his blog because of a January 28 post in which Bremner mocked a Seattle apartment complex’s […]

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  • The State of Free Speech on Campus: Emory University

    March 2, 2009

    Throughout the spring semester, FIRE is drawing special attention to the state of free speech at America’s top 25 national universities (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report). Today we review policies at Emory University, which FIRE has given a red-light rating for restricting free expression on campus. We start by examining whether Emory—a private institution—has made any commitments to free expression that would lead students and faculty to believe they are entitled to free speech at the university. One such commitment is found in the university’s Discriminatory Harassment Policy, which provides that Emory University abides by the values […]

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  • Free Speech under Attack during Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week

    October 25, 2007

    This week, as the Terrorism Awareness Project provides speakers at college campuses in order to increase awareness about terrorism of the Muslim extremist variety, the predictable has come to pass: speakers have been prevented by protesters from enjoying their freedom of speech. At Emory University, David Horowitz’s lecture ended prematurely when audience members refused to hear him out. A photo essay describes what protesters did to Nonie Darwish at Berkeley. Rick Santorum suffered a similar fate at Penn State. The Washington Times has a list of those who are blogging about such events here. Students who are hosting a screening […]

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