Location: Fitchburg, Maryland
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementAny resident involved in
abuse or harassment, including verbal abuse or threats, of another person will have
their housing occupancy agreement reviewed for termination.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementFitchburg 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementBy 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
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementThe 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment 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.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementPictures and other material that may be considered objectionable should not be displayed in areas that may be visible outside the student room.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementFitchburg 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.