Fitchburg State University

Location: Fitchburg, Maryland
Website: http://www.fsc.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Fitchburg 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Residence Halls Policies and Procedures Handbook: Physical Abuse and Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Any resident involved in
    abuse or harassment, including verbal abuse or threats, of another person will have
    their housing occupancy agreement reviewed for termination.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Student Conduct Process 13-14

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

    Fitchburg State College expects its students to act in a mature and responsible manner. Respect for the rights of others, openness to new and challenging ideas, civility and courtesy are examples of this expectation.

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  • Student Handbook: Policy Against Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    By definition, sexual harassment is a form
    of discrimination which consists of unwelcome verbal, nonverbal
    and/or physical contact of a sexual nature which has the
    effect of interfering with student or employment status by
    creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning
    environment.

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  • Information Technology: Acceptable Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    The following behaviors are prohibited while using College technology resources or to resources in which FSU is connected or affiliated with: ... Sending messages that are malicious or that a reasonable person would find to be harassing.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Personal Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment by personal vilification, including such harassment on the basis of gender, race,
    color, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin. For these purposes,
    speech or other expression constitutes harassment by personal vilification if it: is intended to insult or stigmatize an individual or a small number of individuals on the basis of their gender, race, color, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or other personal
    characteristic; and it is addressed directly to the individual or individuals whom it insults or
    stigmatizes; and it makes use of insulting fighting words or non-verbal symbols. In the context of
    discriminatory harassment by personal vilification, insulting or "fighting words" or non verbal
    symbols are those which by their very utterance tend to incite to an immediate breach of the
    peace and which are commonly understood to convey direct and visceral hatred or contempt for
    human beings on the basis of their gender, race, color, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation,
    national or ethnic origin, or other personal characteristic.

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  • Student Handbook: Poster Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Only organizations recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) can promote events.

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  • Housing Policies and Procedures: Signs, Pictures, and Posters 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Pictures and other material that may be considered objectionable should not be displayed in areas that may be visible outside the student room.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Student Conduct Process 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Fitchburg State College recognizes that students, as members of society and citizens of the United States of America, are entitled to respect, consideration and guaranteed freedoms of speech, assembly and association under the constitution.

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  • Student Handbook: Bill of Rights 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Free inquiry, expression and assembly are guaranteed
    to all students.

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