Location: Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Lake Superior 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.
Lake Superior State University: Veteran Professor Ordered to Remove Posted Materials from Office Door
July 23, 2007
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) ordered a professor to remove materials dealing with issues such as Islamic terrorism, gun control, presidential politics, and the war in Iraq from his office door or face charges of “insubordination.” After an anonymous person complained that the materials were offensive, LSSU officials told Professor Richard Crandall, a nearly 40-year veteran of teaching, to immediately remove the items and to practice his academic freedom with “responsibility”—while allowing other professors to maintain similar postings about the same issues on their office doors» Read More
Red Light Policies
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical contact of a
Bullying is repeated inappropriate behavior, either direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work/study.
Examples of Bullying:
Verbal: slandering, ridiculing or maligning a person or his/her family; persistent name calling which is hurtful, insulting or
humiliating; using a person as the center of jokes; abusive and offensive remarks.
Exclusion: socially or physically excluding or disregarding a person in work/education-related activities.
Social media: the posting of humiliating, insulting or hurtful comments and messages.
Publicity containing any of the following will not be approved and will be removed immediately if posted:
- Any reference to illegal substances, unless in connection with an educational message or event.
- Any reference promoting the use of alcohol, unless in connection with an educational message or event.
- Offensive language or images and/or graphic illustrations.
- Language and/or graphic illustrations/images that dehumanize individuals on the basis of race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by Lake Superior State University policy and/or applicable law.
- Any information that would violate local, state, or federal law, or Lake Superior State University policy.
Behavior which violates these values is considered disruptive and is subject to disciplinary action. … Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to the following: … Abuse, disrespect, noise or other actions that disrupt the educational enterprise and campus environment.
In order to succeed personally and academically, all residents must be able to live free from unnecessary emotional stress caused by others. Physical and verbal harassment, including harassment based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious preference, etc. will not be tolerated in a residence life community. Should a resident be found responsible for harassing and/or intimidating another resident, strict disciplinary action will be taken immediately, possibly resulting in removal from on-campus housing.
Everyone is expected to treat other members of the University community, whether students, faculty, or staff, with respect and consideration at all times. … Any acts that infringe on others’ rights and safety, including but not limited to, physical or verbal abuse, sexual misconduct, or acts of discrimination, prejudice, or harassment, will result in disciplinary action by the University.
Prior to sponsoring a rally, demonstration, march or other event, a group or organization representative must complete and submit an event application (see below) at least 72 hours in advance of any activity to the Public Safety Office. This information will serve and protect all parties.
A member of University staff will review the notification within one working day of its submission. The appropriate University official(s) may elect to meet with the individual(s) requesting the permit prior to its approval. The meeting will cover logistics including safety and security issues, use of amplified sound, and the potential for disruption of the mission of the institution.
All postings must first be approved by the Campus Life Office, located in the Cisler Center. Postings must bear the stamp of approval. … Postings deemed offensive, sexist, vulgar, discriminatory or suggestive will not be approved. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the removal and disposal of the postings in addition to possible future posting denial and/or disciplinary sanctioning of the individual(s) involved.
The following list while not exhaustive provides some examples and guidelines on what constitutes inappropriate, unacceptable or illegal use of information technology, computing and networking resources and would be the just cause for taking disciplinary and/or legal action: … Harassment or libelous conduct of other individuals or users as defined by law.
Discrimination because of gender includes sexual harassment, which means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s employment, public accommodations or public services, education or housing environment.
April 11, 2008
A U.S. freedom of speech organization is crying foul, charging Lake Superior State University unfairly ordered a sociology professor to take down cartoons on Islamic terrorism and other politically-charged materials from his office door. Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says an anonymous complaint led the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. school to demand in March, 2007 that Prof. Richard Crandall take down a number of materials adorning his office door. FIRE says the materials in question include cartoons and other materials pertaining to Islamic terrorism, gun control, abortion, presidential politics and the war in Iraq. One poster from Crandall’s door […]» Read More
April 10, 2008
Over at Inside Higher Ed, a publication that covers post-K-12 education issues with vim, vigor, and verve, Andy Guess reports on the case of Robert Crandall, a tenured prof at Lake Superior State College who has gotten in trouble for posting offensive content to his office door. LSSC’s case, according to a lawyer representing the school, is that the prof has “acted in an unprofessional and insubordinate manner [and] his actions cannot be considered protected speech.” The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), co-founded by reason contributors Harvey Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors, is publicizing the case. Writes Guess: […]» Read More
April 10, 2008
Getting one’s own office can be a rite of passage right up there with defending a dissertation or receiving tenure—and many professors’ lairs are reflections of their own attitudes and beliefs. Usually, it takes just a quick glance at the door, as anyone who’s taken a stroll down the hall of an academic building can attest: What a professor finds amusing, outrageous or just plain interesting is there for all to see. At a public university, such common displays of individual preference would presumably fall under the protections of the First Amendment. But not when such displays are offensive to […]» Read More
April 18, 2008
April has been a media-friendly month here at FIRE and we’d like to take a minute to catch you up on all the latest coverage of our cases, specifically articles on Colorado College and Lake Superior State University. As Torch readers know, the controversy at Colorado College continues, with student Chris Robinson awaiting the decision of his appeal for being punished for posting a satirical flyer on campus. Media from all over Colorado have been covering the case persistently, including the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, and numerous television news outlets. At Lake Superior State […]» Read More