Indiana University, Southeast

Location: New Albany, Indiana
Website: http://www.ius.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Indiana University, Southeast 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
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Preamble 11-12

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

    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 understanding ....

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  • Residence Life Guide: Harassment and Offensive Behavior 11-12

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

    Materials deemed to be offensive are not allowed in any common area in the lodges.
    These areas include, but are not limited to, apartment doors, exterior of bedroom doors,
    Great Rooms, items visible and facing out windows, or in any other space that is not the
    private bedroom of a resident.

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  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Student Responsibilities – Verbal Abuse 11-12

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Verbal abuse of another person, including the following:
    a. An express or implied threat to:
    (1) 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
    (2) 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.

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Green Light Policies
  • Guidelines for Assembly on Campus 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    McCullough Plaza is
    available to any individual or organization for peaceful assembly for the purpose of expressing their
    views. The plaza is centrally located on campus and receives more foot traffic than any other outdoor
    space. ... Although no reservation is required to use McCullough Plaza, this space may be reserved by
    organizations that wish to conduct their events on particular dates or times.

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  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Right to Freedom from Harassment 11-12

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Discriminatory 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.

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  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Right to Freedom from Harassment 11-12

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, including requests for sexual
    favors and other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to such conduct
    is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of a student's education, or
    submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic
    conditions affecting the student; or the conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering
    with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
    learning environment.

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  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Right to Freedom of Association, Expression, Advocacy, and Publication 11-12

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    In 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 disciplinary action.

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  • College Students Were 2012’s Unsung Heroes for Free Speech

    January 4, 2013

    by Azhar Majeed Policymic   Students at our nation’s colleges and universities won a number of important victories for freedom of speech and the First Amendment over the past year. They vindicated their core expressive rights, fought back against repressive university practices, and taught us all valuable lessons about living in a free society. The victories on campus weren’t limited to instances where student speech was censored or punished in application, however. At a number of institutions, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE, where I work) convinced the administration to proactively protect free speech by reforming illiberal and unconstitutional policies before they […]

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  • Free Speech Codes on Campus: Political correctness run amok?

    July 21, 2012

    If you thought college was a place for young people to speak out, challenges one another’s deeply-held beliefs and grow intellectually, chances are you’ve never been to Indiana University Southeast. The school, located just 10 miles north of Louisville, Ky., is the latest college to see its speech code come under fire from a group that advocates freedom of speech on campuses. One stipulation in the code requires that students may only “express opinions” within a free speech zone, which is antithetical to what a college should stand for, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an […]

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  • ‘Serious infringement’ on student speech called out

    July 17, 2012

    by Bob Kellogg OneNewsNow   Restrictive speech code policies at the Indiana University, Southeast have earned that school the dubious distinction of being recognized by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for “Speech Code of the Month.” Samantha Harris of FIRE says the IUS Code of Student Rights, in part, says 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 disciplinary action.” But she says their Guidelines Relating to Free Speech are “poorly written and unconstitutional.” “It […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month at Indiana U-Southeast Featured by Fox News

    July 23, 2012

    FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month at Indiana University Southeast (IUS) was highlighted by FoxNews.com on Friday in an article about campus speech codes.  As quoted in the article, FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley reminds readers of one reason why First Amendment protections on college and university campuses are important: “It’s the price you pay for living in a free society … The entire enterprise of a university is to express scholarly thoughts and opinions.”  Samantha Harris, FIRE’s Director of Speech Code Research, also weighs in, using as an example one particularly troublesome portion of the IUS speech code […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Indiana University, Southeast

    July 10, 2012

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for July 2012: Indiana University, Southeast (IUS). According to IUS’ Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, “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 disciplinary action.” (Emphasis added.) But IUS also maintains “Guidelines Relating to Free Speech” that amount to severe “university interference” with the rights IUS claims to value-rights which, as a public university, IUS is legally bound to uphold. The Guidelines […]

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  • University Nixes Naughty Faxes

    June 18, 2008

    Every day, I catalog the myriad ways in which universities restrict their students’ free speech rights. As someone who believes deeply in individual liberties, this work can get depressing. Every so often, however, I come across a speech code so ludicrous that it introduces a little levity into my otherwise serious work. Today, I found just such a policy at Indiana University Southeast. IU Southeast maintains a laundry list of behaviors “related to sexual harassment,” including “suggestive or insulting sounds,” “sexist jokes or humor,” and “gender specific insults or comments.” All of these restrictions are constitutionally suspect, since most speech […]

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