Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Website: http://www.lsu.edu
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Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

  • Louisiana State University: Threat to Muslim Group’s Freedom of Association

    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. […]

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Red Light Policies

  • Computer Users’ Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Specifically, each user of computing resources shall NOT: … Utilize computing resources, including the Internet and/or e-mail, to access, create, 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.

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  • Living On Campus Handbook: Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Activity (verbal, written, graphic, and/or physical) that 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.

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  • Sexual Harassment of Students 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment: is a form of unlawful sexual discrimination. It is defined as unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical behavior of a sexual nature. It can also include unwelcome gender-based conduct.

    Hostile environment sexual harassment: is unwelcome verbal 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Behavioral Misconduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Repeated, severe, or pervasive actions of a sexual nature directed toward specific individual(s) with the intent or effect to embarrass, harass or alarm, including actual, attempted or threatened physical contact, or acts that create a reasonable apprehension of such behavior, conduct or contact of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive campus, educational, or working environment for another person

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  • Living On Campus Handbook: Decorations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Exterior doors are public space and if decorations do not comply with the Office of Residential Life’s mission or values they may be removed at the discretion of the University.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Organization Policy Manual: Peaceful Assembly 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Peaceful assemblies by students are not required to be scheduled or registered with the Office of the Dean of Students unless the event meets one or more of the following criteria:
    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 typically scheduled.
    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 disturbance.
    7. Any event involving the distribution of food or beverages. (See PS-78 for events involving alcohol.)
    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).

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Behavioral Misconduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    A Student may be charged with Behavioral Misconduct for any of the following conduct:

    Repeated, persistent, severe, or pervasive actions directed toward specific individual(s) with the intent or effect to harass, harm, or alarm, including attempted or threatened physical contact, or acts that create the reasonable apprehension of unwanted contact

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  • Campus Left to Christians, Conservatives: Shut Up!

    December 24, 2005

    By Mark Tapscott at Townhall.com 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 […]

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  • Group Challenges University Policies

    June 30, 2005

    By Rebekah Allen at The Daily Reveille The Foundation for Individual Rights for Education (FIRE) designated LSU a “red light” school in December of 2004 for ambiguous language used in school policies. FIRE was established in 1999 by Harvey A. Silverglate and Alan Charles Kors in order to “defend and sustain individual rights at America’s increasingly repressive and partisan colleges and universities,” according to FIRE’s website. The organization concentrates on “freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience – the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity.” A “red light” designation means the University has […]

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  • Greg Lukianoff on LSU Student’s Hostility Toward Free Expression

    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 […]

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  • Demonstrators at UCF and LSU Enjoy Free Speech on Campus

    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, […]

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  • LSU Ends ‘Free Speech Alley’

    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 […]

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  • LSU Chancellor Speaks Out on Flag Burning Protest

    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 […]

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  • Free Speech Suffers a Near-Miss at LSU

    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, Vice President […]

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  • Religious Liberty and Free Association at LSU: Not a ‘Conservative’ Concern

    March 17, 2005

    Today, FIRE announces a victory for freedom of religion and association at Louisiana State University, where the Muslim Students Association (MSA) recently attained official recognition. The group, which had already been recognized for 30 some years on campus, was unable to re-register for more than a year because it didn’t want to include additional “nondiscrimination” language in its constitution as prescribed by a new university policy. (See “Is ‘Derecognize’ a Word?” for more information about the significance of student organization recognition on campus.) According to students, in 2003 the university began requiring student organizations to explicitly add “religion” and “sexual […]

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  • Victory for Religious Freedom at Louisiana State University

    March 17, 2005

    BATON ROUGE, La., March 17, 2005—Louisiana State University (LSU) has granted official recognition to the Muslim Students Association (MSA) after the group was denied recognition for a year and a half for refusing to accept limits on its rights to religious liberty and free association. LSU initially denied the MSA official recognition when the group declined to include “nondiscrimination” language in its constitution that was inconsistent with its expressive purpose. After the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) intervened, LSU reaffirmed its commitment to the First Amendment rights of its students and recognized the MSA. “This is welcome news […]

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