Keene State College

Location: Keene, New Hampshire
Website: http://www.keene.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Keene State College 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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Red Light Policies

  • Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to the following: * Epithets, slurs, jokes, negative stereotyping or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts that relate to a person's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability. * Written or graphic material which demeans or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability and is posted on walls, bulletin boards, e-mail or elsewhere on the campus.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Event Planning 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    Any college group may invite any speaker they desire providing they observe the following procedures:
    It is urged that opposing sides of any issue would be presented except in the case of organizations expressly constituted to support a particular point of view; i.e., political or religious.
    The organization must clearly state in its invitation and attendant publicity that the speaker is a guest of the sponsoring group.
    The organization assumes the responsibility for maintaining order and financial responsibility for any damage which might occur as a result of disorder.

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  • Student Handbook: Use of Facilities- Political, Social, and Commercial Activities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Students and non-students shall be permitted to engage in free speech activities, solicit for contributions, and distribute literature at designated spaces on the Student Center Lawn and inside the Student Center Atrium on a space available basis provided that:

    Any such activity as defined above is scheduled in advance through the Scheduling Office and in compliance with all of its policies.

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  • Student Handbook: Campus Policies- Disorderly, Disruptive or Indecent Behavior Policy 13-14

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

    The following describes behaviors that are considered by the College to be disorderly, disruptive or indecent whether they occur on or off campus: ... The use of profanity, obscenity, public nudity, sexual activity in public places, public urination or defecation, water fights, using the opposite gender bathroom, using tobacco products in prohibited areas, etc.

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Green Light Policies
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  • Speech Code of the Month: Keene State College

    November 2, 2009

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2009: Keene State College in New Hampshire. Keene State’s “Statement on Sexist Language,” found in the college’s Student Handbook, states that “Keene State College will not tolerate language that is sexist and promotes negative stereotypes and demeans members of our community.” Keene State is a public university, legally bound to uphold the guarantees of the First Amendment, yet this policy blatantly prohibits constitutionally protected speech. Not only does it prohibit protected speech, but it also leaves a great deal of what we would call core protected expression—that is, the kind […]

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