Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
Furman 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.
Peaceful assembly is allowed on campus with approval from the University Police who can assist with identifying appropriate venues/locations for such activities. At the same time, it is affirmed that this University should not be expected to provide a platform for persons who would be obscene, who would advocate immorality or who would incite to violence. … There shall be no use of violence, force, obscene or indecorous language or conduct in protest or demonstrations.
Acts of intolerance are prohibited. An act of intolerance can include either overt or covert actions, including verbal attacks and/or physical assaults on students and/or their property (including campus housing doors), which interfere with the educational process at Furman or cause harm.
Acts of intolerance are defined as malicious behaviors that can be motivated by prejudice toward a person or group. They also include malicious behaviors that because of their intent and/or outcome can cause harm, threaten and/or be personally directed against or target an individual or group. These behaviors are based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category protected by applicable state or federal law.
The University retains the right to deny posting of any materials on campus.
Reference to alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or any other illegal activities in text, graphic or any other form is prohibited.
Students are guaranteed freedom of inquiry and expression.
Discriminatory harassment is defined as unwelcome behaviors or persistent inappropriate comments which questions, pesters and/or harasses others for information about an individual, and/or verbally or in a threatening manner bullies, torments, heckles or persecutes an individual in such a way as to create a disruption to the academic/campus community where: … Such conduct has the effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s professional or academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading employment or educational environment.
One of the marks of a vital university is freedom of inquiry and expression. Indeed, such a freedom is the mark of a free and democratic society. Education, as contrasted with indoctrination, must provide the student with a wide spectrum of views on vital issues. It is the responsibility of the University, as well as one of its purposes, to help the student learn to distinguish fact from myth, objectivity from bias, tolerance from intolerance. The student should learn to think rationally and reach valid conclusions. The student who is not exposed to varying views on an issue may be denied opportunity to learn the elements of rational thinking. Consequently, the student could miss one of the most important aims of education. Only in a spirit of free inquiry can the student be prepared to assume the responsibilities of constructive citizenship.
November 19, 2012
This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from us—a distinction currently awarded to just 15 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. In this series, we are discussing common problems with campus speech codes, focusing on examples from schools that are just a few small changes away from earning a green light rating. So far, we have examined how universities restrict speech by mandating […]» Read More
October 30, 2012
This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database, but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. In this series, we are discussing common problems with campus speech codes, focusing on examples from schools that are just a few small changes away from earning a green light rating. So far, we have examined how universities restrict speech by mandating “civility,” […]» Read More