Georgia State University

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Website: http://www.gsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Georgia 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

  • The Panther Resident’s Guide to Community Living: Community Living Standards- Activities Resulting in Disturbance, Distress or Damage 13-14

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

    In order to maintain a comfortable environment that both respects and celebrates this diversity, harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Any form of activity, whether covert or overt, that creates a significantly uncomfortable, threatening or harassing environment for any resident or guest will be handled judicially. Such activities would include, but are not limited to, physical actions, verbal remarks, ethnic slurs, threatening or harassing notes or postings (including electronic communications and voicemail systems), publicly telling offensive jokes, and repetitively making unwanted advances/conversation toward any person whether sexual or otherwise. Such behaviors or actions may result in immediate interim suspension from Housing and/or Housing Contract cancellation.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Special Event/Late Night Event Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    For purposes of this policy, “late night events” shall mean events expected to end at 11 p.m. or later and “special events” shall mean events that 300 or more guests are reasonably expected to attend or that pose a security concern for some other reason, as determined in the sole discretion of the University.

    The organization must obtain all of the approvals and signatures from the Student/University Center, Georgia State University Police, organization’s faculty/staff advisor and event venue at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled event. A meeting will be scheduled with all respective officials in order to review the security plan for the event. Final approval is given by the Student Organization Advisor. Requests not meeting the 10 business day approval requirement will not be approved.

    The sponsoring organization will be responsible for all costs related to security for the event. The sponsoring organization will develop a security plan with a representative of the Georgia State University Police, in conjunction with the event venue representative and in advance of the event. The police will make decisions on the number of police officers required, the number of hours necessary and the estimated cost.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Introduction- Guarantees of Student Expression 13-14

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

    This right of expression does not protect disruptive, threatening, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Rights and Obligations- General 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Membership in the community of scholars known as Georgia State University is a privilege and carries with it obligations to participate in and contribute to the educational mission of the institution. Concurrent with these obligations are rights and freedoms for each individual as guaranteed by the United States Constitution including, but not limited to, the right to inquire, to learn, to communicate by speech and action, to assemble peaceably and the right to due process.

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  • Information System Ethics Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    h) Users shall not use information systems to transmit communications that are fraudulent, defamatory, harassing, obscene, threatening, that unlawfully discriminate or that are prohibited by law

    i) Users must comply with the regulations and policies of newsgroups, mailing lists and other public forums through which they disseminate their messages and comments

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Prohibited General Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassing a person through unwanted conduct directed at him/her that causes reasonable fear for safety (e.g., Stalking) or is sufficiently severe, pervasive and persistent that it interferes with the person’s University employment or ability to participate in or benefit from University programs.

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    “Sexual Harassment” means unwelcome conduct, based on sex or gender stereotypes, which is so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with a person’s University employment, academic performance or participation in University programs or activities and creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. The exclusive purpose of this Policy is to protect Students from sex discrimination, consistent with both federal regulatory law and the requirements of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Sexual Harassment may, when unwelcome, include:

     sexual advances;
     requests for sexual favors,
     acts of sexual violence;
     leering–i.e., staring in a sexually suggestive manner;
     making offensive remarks about looks, clothing or body parts;
     telling sexual or lewd jokes, making sexual gestures or displaying pornography;
     sending, forwarding or soliciting sexually suggestive letters, notes, emails or images;
     gender-based activity, not of a sexual nature, e.g., gender harassment and gender identity harassment.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Campus Speech, Distribution, and Posting Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Persons or organizations may engage in speech activities in the following locations: the city streets adjacent to campus buildings, Library Plaza, Unity Plaza, the Urban Life Center Plaza and the area beneath the Courtland Street viaduct. University sites (non-city streets) are available for speaking or other forms of expression between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except when the areas have been reserved by a University-Affiliated department or student organization.

    Plans for speaking activities in other campus areas and times must be approved by the Student/University Center Reservations Office at least 72 hours in advance of the event. Such plans will be considered in a content-neutral manner.

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  • Student Discrimination and Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Discriminatory harassment is prohibited at Georgia State University.  Speech or other expression (words, pictures or symbols) constitutes discriminatory harassment if it constitutes fighting words and is also 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:

    a. are directed to an individual or individuals based upon that person’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status,  sex or sexual orientation; and

    b. tend to threaten violence, incite an immediate breach of the peace or provoke a violent response.  In the context of discriminatory harassment, “fighting words” are those which are commonly understood to convey direct and visceral hatred or contempt for human beings.

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  • Practical Advice for Fraternities Caught in the Battle for Free Speech on Campus

    September 16, 2004

    I. Introduction While there is no shortage of free speech battles on college campuses, fraternities have the dubious honor of being at the center of many of the least sympathetic controversies. From Halloween parties where brothers show up dressed as Ku Klux Klan members to fraternity newsletters that graphically relate a brother’s sexual exploits with named co-eds, fraternities sometimes express themselves in ways that are not exactly likely to win the battle for hearts and minds. However, although fraternities may later regret the actions of some of their brothers, they must not allow their rights to be stripped away by […]

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