Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Type: No Type Yet
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge 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.
November 11, 2004
The Muslim Student Association of Louisiana State University (LSU) ran into trouble in the fall of 2003 when it was informed that a new policy required all groups to explicitly state that they would not deny membership on the basis of a list of criteria including “religion” and “sexual orientation.” The MSA decided that it could not include language in its constitution that was inconsistent with its desired expressive purpose; as a result, it was denied recognition by the administration. The group lost all privileges to reserve and use on-campus facilities, distribute literature, and other benefits granted to student groups. […]» Read More
Red Light Policies
transmit, print, or download material that is defamatory, obscene, fraudulent, harassing
(including uninvited amorous or sexual messages), threatening, incites violence, or
contains slurs, epithets, or anything that may be reasonably construed as harassment or
disparagement based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age,
disability, or religion or to access, send, receive, or solicit sexually oriented messages or
images or any other communication prohibited by law or other University directive.
is threatening in nature or any form of harassment is prohibited. This can include, but is not limited to: posting or distributing material and/or behaving in a manner that is offensive and may contribute to a hostile environment; putting offensive posters/pictures in areas available to public views, including windows or common areas; using e-mail or other electronic messaging, voice mail, message boards, mail, computer networks or other mediums to convey obscene or otherwise objectionable messages
or materials; writing graffiti in residence buildings or encouraging or engaging in offensive acts or behavior; and repeatedly following or attempting to make unwanted contact with another person.
or physical conduct of a sexual nature or gender-based
conduct in which the conduct has the purpose or effect of
unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic, work,
team or organization performance or creating an intimidating,
hostile or offensive working environment.
hold myself and others to the highest standards of academic, personal, and social integrity;
practice justice, equality, and compassion in human relations;
respect the dignity of all persons and accept individual differences;
respect the environment and the rights and property of others and the University;
contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community; and
use my LSU experience to be an active citizen in an international and interdependent world.
hostile, or offensive campus, educational, or working environment for
another person. This includes, but is not limited to unwanted, unwelcome, or
inappropriate, sexual or gender based activities, comments, or gestures.
Unwelcome contact or communication, written verbal or non verbal, and/or
conduct of a sexually explicit nature to include any uninvited touching,
fondling, kissing, and/or hugging, which would be so offensive to a
reasonable person as to create a hostile environment. Sexual harassment may
involve a situation where unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual
favors, and other explicit or implicit conduct of a sexual nature. Examples
include unwelcome touching; persistent, unwanted sexual/romantic attention,
or display of sexually oriented material; deliberate, repeated gender based
humiliation or intimidation, and similar sexually oriented behavior of an
intimidating or demeaning nature.
1. The event will be held in a building on campus.
2. The event will utilize a designated area, site or location on campus reasonably adjacent to
facilities that are regularly scheduled for use by the University.
3. The event will utilize a designated area, site or location on campus at which events are
4. The event may reasonably require involvement of a service department of the University,
e.g., the directing of traffic and/or parking, managing a crowd, the turning on of electricity or the providing of electricity to the site, marking of playing fields, blocking of streets, setting up stages or platforms, placing special trash receptacles in the area, providing tables and/or chairs and inspection and/or cleanup after the event.
5. Any event involving a table, display or any other structure.
6. Any event involving amplified sound or sound that is otherwise sufficiently loud to cause a
7. Any event involving the distribution of food or beverages. (See PS-78 for events involving
8. Any event that poses reasonable safety concerns.
9. Any event that will involve out-of-pocket costs to the University. (Any such costs must be
reimbursed by the user).
Extreme, outrageous, or persistent acts, or communication that is unwanted and what a reasonable person would conclude would harass, harm, or distress another thereby causing substantial and material disruption. This would include, but is not limited to, acts carried out by a third party at the bequest of the individual, whereby, among other things, the alleged perpetrator has hampered the ability of the alleged victim to learn and participate in the academic environment.
December 24, 2005
Scratch many of the administrators in charge on American campuses these days and you often find a neo-Stalinist who has no hesitation about suppressing views that deviate from leftist orthodoxy. If you doubt me, try supporting Christianity or conservatism in a public way in the ivy covered groves of American academe. Take California State University at San Bernadino, for example, where administrators refuse to charter the Christian Students Association because the group thinks its members should be professing Christians. Imagine that! The group ‘would not be required to admit members who did not support the purpose of the organization (beliefs),’ […]» Read More
September 10, 2013
FIRE President Greg Lukianoff writes for Forbes today to discuss a video and companion piece recently posted by Louisiana State University student Jana King, who laments LSU’s recent revision of a policy that restricted student speech to a 1,000 square foot area on campus called “Free Speech Alley.” As Lukianoff explains, King’s support for abridging students’ constitutionally protected speech is all too common, but it is rare that advocacy for censorship takes such a straightforward and undisguised form. [King] state[s] clearly that [she] think[s] basic political speech could be harassment and possibly deny her a “safe learning environment.” When I […]» Read More
September 10, 2013
The University of Central Florida (UCF) and Louisiana State University (LSU) have both recently made positive changes with respect to free speech zones on their campuses, and student journalists are emphasizing the importance of free expression. Adam Rhodes wrote last week for the Central Florida Future, UCF’s student newspaper, to celebrate the university’s acceptance of demonstrations and counter-protests on campus. The university has even created a website clearly stating its policies (PDF)—“Use Your Voice @ UCF”—and emphasizes that students and faculty may use outdoor space for demonstrations and other expressive activities as long as their speech does not disrupt classes, […]» Read More
July 5, 2013
Last November, FIRE’s Azhar Majeed reported on a Louisiana State University (LSU) policy that restricted student expression to a 1,000 square foot area on campus called “Free Speech Alley.” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit, Candler v. Jenkins, over the rights of a student to hand out pro-life literature in areas of campus outside of Free Speech Alley, and, indeed, without prior approval from school administrators. Thankfully, LSU has now reaffirmed those rights and revised its policies in order to protect students’ speech. As Torch readers know, restrictive speech codes like this one are nothing new; FIRE has dealt […]» Read More
May 17, 2011
Last week, Louisiana State University (LSU) graduate student Benjamin Haas expressed his intention to burn an American flag at the university’s Parade Grounds to protest the treatment of Isaac Eslava, who was arrested after stealing and burning an American flag flown over a campus war memorial. Correctly, the university respected Haas’ First Amendment rights and did not seek to block his protest. However, after failing to obtain the necessary burn permits, Haas was forced to change his plan and read a statement instead. A counter-protest was organized by students in response, and Haas was met by a large crowd opposing […]» Read More
February 9, 2006
Louisiana State University (LSU) has dropped all charges against senior Collins Phillips, who had been accused of violating the student code of conduct for criticizing the university. As an article in Baton Rouge’s The Advocate explains, at a January 3 meeting of the Student Equality Commission (SEC), Phillips, who last year protested displays of the confederate flag at LSU tailgate parties, called LSU administrators “lazy” for offering too few events for Black History Month, and criticized LSU’s delinquency in operating the African American Cultural Center. Instead of listening to criticism from the students for whom she supposedly works, […]» Read More