Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Location: Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.lhup.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania 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.

  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Prohibited Uses of IT Resources … Use of IT resources to transmit abusive, threatening, or harassing material, chain letters, spam, or other communications prohibited by law.

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  • Student Handbook: Sex Discrimination/Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Types of behavior which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
    * Sexist, sexually suggestive or intimidating remarks or behavior;
    * Inappropriate and offensive uninvited sexual advances;
    * Solicitation of sexual activity or other sex-linked behavior by promise of reward;
    * Coercion of sexual activity by threat of punishment;
    * Sexual assault.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

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

    A person who is found in violation of any of the following acts committed while a student on the University campus or on property controlled by the University or University affiliates or in connection with off-campus University activities shall be subject to the maximum sanction authorized in this document.

    Offensive or disorderly conduct which causes interference, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creates a risk thereof.

    Lewd, obscene, indecent conduct or expression.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, non-verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature and acts of sexual violence. Sexual harassment occurs when: … 3. such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with 1) an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, or;  2) an individual’s academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    An academic community exists for the communication of knowledge and for the development of creativity and critical judgment in a sustained and independent search for truth. Lock Haven University supports the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

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