Florida International University

Location: Miami, Florida
Website: http://www.fiu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Florida International 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.

  • Florida International University: Racial and Ethnic Restrictions for Class Enrollment

    February 6, 2002

    Florida International University (FIU), maintained ethnicity and race requirements for certain language classes. For example, certain Spanish courses limited enrollment to “Hispanic bilinguals educated in the U.S….whose mother tongue is Spanish,” “U.S. Hispanic bilinguals,” and “U.S. Hispanic Bilinguals Only.”; When informed of this policy FIRE explained its immorality and unconstitutionality to the administration. Following FIRE’s lengthy and quiet involvement, the policy was revised.

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Red Light Policies

  • Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Conduct which falls into the definition of sexual
    harassment includes, but is not limited to: ... 3. Verbal harassment or abuse of a sexual nature,
    including intimating by way of suggestion a
    desire for sexual relations, or making jokes
    or remarks of a sexual nature which are not
    germane to academic course content.
    4. Use of sexually suggestive terms or gestures
    to describe a person’s body, clothing, or sexual
    activities.
    5. Displaying or posting through any medium,
    including, but not limited to, electronic
    communication, offensive, sexually suggestive
    pictures, or materials in the workplace.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Demonstrations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    In order to coordinate University events and other activities taking place on University grounds, with due consideration for the health and safety of all individuals, any person or organization who intends to demonstrate on University grounds must notify the University at least two (2) business days in advance if: (a) the demonstration event shall involve a group consisting of more than 30 participants; or (b) if sound amplification equipment shall be used.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Offenses- Promotions/Posting 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Solicitation (i.e., passing or handing out flyers/promotional material, etc.) on campus, including on-campus housing facilities, without prior approval from the appropriate University officials. This includes, but is not limited to, the disbursement of any forms of promotional/informational material on University property or objects (i.e., motor vehicles) on University property.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Offenses- Personal Abuse 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, and/or coercion that objectively endangers the health, safety, or well-being of others. Fighting words and statements which reasonably endanger the health and safety of any person are not protected speech and may result in University action. This definition shall not be interpreted to abridge the right of any member of the University community to freedom of expression protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and any other applicable law.

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  • Student Code of Conduct- Freedom of Expression and Assembly 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Students are guaranteed freedom of expression.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Offenses- Sexual Misconduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment constitutes, in the aggregate, incidents that are sufficiently pervasive, persistent, or severe that a reasonable person would be adversely affected to a degree that interferes with his/her ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resources.

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  • Florida International University Upholds Legal Equality: Abandons Racial and Ethnic Requirements for Language Courses

    February 6, 2002

    MIAMI, FL—Florida International University (FIU), responding to FIRE, has issued a strong and unqualified defense of legal equality. Addressing the concerns raised by FIRE President Alan Charles Kors, who challenged a racial and ethnic requirement for several language courses, FIU General Counsel Thomas Mead Santoro made changes to the requirements for the courses to ensure that FIU complies with its ethical obligations, not to mention its obligations to federal and state statutes and regulations, and to the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. In September 2001, a student contacted FIRE with concerns […]

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  • Letter from Florida International University General Counsel Thomas Mead Santoro to FIRE, December 12, 2001

    December 12, 2001

    December 12, 2001 Office of the General Counsel Via Facsimile 215-717-3440 & U.S. Mail Alan Charles Kors President Greg Lukianoff, Esq. Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Inc. 437 Chestnut Street, Suite 200 Philadelphia, PA 19106 Gentlemen: Confirming my several conversations with Mr. Lukianoff, and following up on my letter of October 12, 2001, my clients have agreed to include native speakers “or equivalent” in the catalog course descriptions plus “or permission of instructor”. Accordingly, we propose to change the course descriptions as follows: SPN 2340 Intermediate Spanish for Native Speakers I Intensive Spanish […]

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  • FIRE Letter to Florida International University President Modesto A. Maidique, September 5, 2001

    September 5, 2001

    September 5, 2001 Modesto A. Maidique President Florida International University 11200 SW 8th Street PC 528 Miami, FL 33199 Dear President Maidique, As you can see from our Directors and Board of Advisors, FIRE unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists and public intellectuals across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of liberty, due process, voluntary association, freedom of speech, academic freedom, and—in the matter of certain courses in your Department of Modern Languages—legal equality on America’s college campuses. Our webpage, www.thefire.org, will give you a fuller sense of our identity and activities. I am writing on […]

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