Frostburg State University

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

Speech Code Rating

Frostburg State 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

  • Responsible Computing at Frostburg State University 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Sending offensive, unsolicited, or unwanted e-mail or messages may constitute harassment
    and is in violation of the intended use of the system. Use appropriate language. Obscenity will
    not be tolerated on your campus network. Avoid offensive or inflammatory speech. Personal
    attacks are an unacceptable use of the network.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Policy on Diversity 12-13

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

    The entire Frostburg State University community--including the student
    body, the faculty and staff, the President of the University and its
    administration--affirms its commitment to a campus environment which values
    human diversity and respects individuals who represent that diversity. The
    community declares fostering diversity and respect for difference to be a
    fundamental goal of higher education, ranking among the highest priorities
    of this institution. Therefore, the University community takes the
    unequivocal position that racist practices, or any action, or institutional
    structure or process, that has for its purpose the subordination of a
    person or a group based on race, color, creed, disability, marital status,
    national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation, will not be tolerated.

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  • Policy Statements: Sexual Harassment Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment
    may ... be implied by unwelcome physical contact; sexual remarks about a person's
    clothing, body or sexual relations; conversations or jokes and stories of a sexual nature; or
    the display in the work place or use in the classroom of sexually explicit materials which
    are inappropriate or without defensible educational purpose. Such acts are more likely
    than not to result in allegations of sexual harassment.

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  • Pathfinder: General University Policies- Policy on Communication of Information 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Three areas of the campus have been designated as "public forum" areas for use by approved
    student groups, off-campus organizations and individuals: 1) the area of the clock
    tower, 2) the University Drive triangle between Chesapeake Dining Hall and Annapolis
    Hall, and 3) the library quad. No other areas may be used for gatherings, speeches or
    distribution of literature unless first approved by the Office of the President.

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  • Policy Statements: University Standards of Personal and Group Conduct- Computer Misuse and Dishonesty 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    [V]iolations include, but are not limited to ... using the electronic formats to send or display abusive,
    obscene, or otherwise harassing communications.

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  • Residence Hall Posting Guidelines 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Fliers that will NOT be approved for posting: ... Fliers containing content that would be considered offensive to the reasonable person (e.g. nudity, obscenities, etc.)

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Green Light Policies
  • Policy Statements: University Standards of Personal and Group Conduct- Violence to Persons/Physical or Verbal Assault 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Assault includes verbal or written acts which place a person in personal fear or which have the effect of harassing or
    intimidating a person.

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  • Policy Statements: University Standards of Personal and Group Conduct- Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Engaging in intentional conduct directed at a specific person or persons which seriously
    alarms or intimidates such person or persons and which serves no legitimate purpose.
    Such conduct may include: explicit or implicit threats, including gestures which place a person in reasonable fear of unwelcome physical contact, harm or death; following a
    person about in a public place or to or from his or her residence; making remarks in a
    public place to a specific person which are by common usage lewd, obscene, expose a
    person to public hatred or that can reasonably be expected to have a tendency to cause
    acts of violence by the person to whom the remark is addressed; or communicating by
    voice or graphic means or electronic formats including social media site postings or
    making a telephone call or text anonymously whether or not a conversation ensues.

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  • Examiner Local Editorial: Muzzling free speech on campus

    January 2, 2013

    One New Year’s resolution we’d like to see in 2013 is a renewed effort to uphold the First Amendment on college campuses. According to a new report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, 62 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities “maintain severely restrictive speech codes … that clearly and substantially prohibit protected speech.” FIRE noted that the overwhelming majority of speech is protected. But narrow exceptions (such as “fighting words,” obscenity and defamation) “are often misused and abused by universities to punish constitutionally protected speech.” Restrictions intended to protect students from harassment or bullying have been […]

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