Location: Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit
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.
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.» Read More
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementProhibited Uses of IT Resources ... Use of IT resources to transmit abusive, threatening, or harassing material, chain letters, spam, or other communications prohibited by law.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementTypes 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementA 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.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementAn 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.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementLock Haven University endeavors to promote an appreciation of the values of fairness and
intellectual honesty and to establish a climate of academic freedom within which students learn.
Any breach of trust may undermine academic freedom and diminish the integrity of the