Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
Florida A&M 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: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
Behavior and/or activities that are considered offensive to others that do not constitute ones freedom of expression is prohibited while in
public areas of the residential facilities if it has been requested that an individual refrain from such behaviors and/or activities. Behaviors/activities that may be considered offensive may include the use of profanity, ethnic/racial slurs, and behaviors that recklessly cause annoyance, discomfort, or alarm.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Harassment shall include, but not be limited to:
1. Any slurs, innuendoes or other verbal or physical conduct reflecting on an individual’s race, ethnic background, gender or handicapping condition which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work
environment; has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s work or school performance or participation; or otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities. …
3. Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or educational career; submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for educational or employment decisions affecting the individual; or such conduct has the purpose or
effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
All students enrolled at the university shall be accorded the basic rights as set forth below. … The right of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as defined and governed by the constitutions of the United States and the State of Florida and the regulations of the University.
February 12, 2013
Writing in the Tampa Bay Times, Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte takes on Florida A&M University’s shocking decision to disband The Famuan, a student newspaper that has sharply criticized the university in recent years, and then reconstitute it without its previous slate of editors. LoMonte writes: In January, the dean of FAMU’s school of journalism and communications suddenly and without explanation placed the newspaper on a three-week “hiatus” and removed all of its editors, forcing them to reapply for their positions. The editors gamely responded by creating their own online startup to meet the campus’ need for […]» Read More