Location: Columbus, Indiana
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementIndividual rights are best protected by a collective commitment to mutual respect. A student who accepts admission to Indiana University agrees to: ... behave in a manner that is respectful of the dignity of others, treating others with civility and
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementVerbal abuse of another person, including the following:
A. An express or implied threat to:
a. Interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or
participation in university-sponsored activities and that under the circumstances causes
the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur; or
b. Injure that person, or damage his or her property; or
B. "Fighting words" that are spoken face-to-face as a personal insult to the listener or listeners in
personally abusive language inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction by the listener or
listeners to the speaker.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementDiscriminatory harassment is defined as conduct that targets an individual based upon age, color, religion,
disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex or gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran’s
status and that adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s education, housing, or participation in
a university activity; or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably creating an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive environment for academic pursuits, housing, or participation in university activities.
Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Right to Freedom of Association, Expression, Advocacy and Publication 12-13
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementIn accordance with the state and federal Constitution and university policy, the university recognizes the
rights of all students to engage in discussion, to express thoughts and opinions, and to assemble, speak,
write, publish or invite speakers on any subject without university interference or fear of university