Georgia Southern University

Location: , Georgia
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Georgia Southern 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Assembly and Demonstrations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Students, faculty, staff, and their registered student organizations may assemble and/or demonstrate anywhere on university grounds between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday as long as the assembly and/or demonstration adheres to the provisions of Item 1 and a properly submitted Free Speech Area Request Form has been approved. ... Requests to reserve campus grounds for an assembly and/or demonstration must be made at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the activity. This advance notice allows the University the opportunity to avoid the problem of simultaneous and/or competing assemblies or demonstrations and to arrange for adequate security

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code: Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    speech or other expression (words, pictures, symbols) that constitutes fighting words and is
    sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere, limit, or deny one’s ability to
    participate in or benefit from an educational program. Fighting words may include, but are not
    limited to, words, pictures or symbols that:
    i. are directed to an individual or individuals based on that person’s race, color, sex,
    religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, veteran
    status or national origin, and
    ii. threaten violence, tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace or provoke a
    violent response.
    In the context of this policy, fighting words are those which are commonly understood to
    convey direct and visceral hated or contempt for human beings. When determining whether
    speech is such as would provoke a violent response or incite an immediate breach of the
    peace, it is not necessary to show that that the person(s) addressed by the speech was or
    were actually incited to violence or hostile action. Conduct will be evaluated on a case-by-case
    basis, considering all circumstances involved.
    (b) following, placing under surveillance, or contacting (in person, by phone, electronically, or
    by any other means) another person without his or her permission for the purpose of harassing
    or intimidating that person. Harassing or intimidating means a knowing and willful course of
    conduct that serves no legitimate purpose and causes emotional distress by placing another
    person in reasonable fear for the safety of him/herself or others.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    a) Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
    favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
    (i) submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an
    individual’s employment or academic standing;
    (ii) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for an
    employment or academic decision affecting such individual; or
    (iii) such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work, living environment,
    academic performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile work or academic

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  • Computer Use Policies 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    The University's computing resources shall
    not be used to transmit any communications prohibited by law, including but not limited
    to fraudulent, harassing, obscene, or threatening messages.

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  • A Year Later, Impact of Feds’ ‘Blueprint’ Comes into Focus

    August 28, 2014

    Last summer, FIRE sounded the alarm about a shockingly broad definition of sexual harassment being pushed by the Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) as a “blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country.” Announced at the conclusion of a year-long investigation into the University of Montana’s sexual assault policies and practices, the resolution agreement and findings letter the feds labeled a “blueprint” defined sexual harassment as “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct” (i.e., speech). And this all-encompassing definition wasn’t just a general characterization of sexual harassment; rather, it was the exact policy language that ED and DOJ were requiring the University of Montana to adopt verbatim.

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