Location: Mansfield, Pennsylvania
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 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.
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
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementRacism, in all forms, whether individual or institutional is a moral outrage. Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism,
bullying and cyber-bullying and homophobic acts cannot be allowed to exist on the campus or in our
residence halls. Please report all such acts to the Associate Director of Residential Life.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementIt is everyone's responsibility to create a social order that is free of discrimination. We are obligated to examine our own behavior and to provide role models for others which are free of racism and other actions which either diminish the self-esteem or any person or create an atmosphere in which their striving for competence is diminished.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementOffensive conduct which causes interference, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly
creates a risk thereof. This includes conduct of an offensive nature on-line/via the
internet. ... Disorderly conduct including behavior which causes public inconvenience,
annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creates a risk thereof. This would include the use
of obscene language or gestures and inappropriate use of computer privileges.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPhysical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, stalking, coercion and/or conduct that threatens
or endangers the health and safety of any person
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment. Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to: ... Any act, display, or communication that causes substantial injury and/or distress on the
part of the person or persons to whom it is specifically directed that results in the individual
being deprived of educational activities or opportunities. This includes, but is not limited to,
unwanted sexual advances and/or request for sexual favors.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementThe community bill of rights is a reminder to you of your rights as an individual and your responsibility to your
fellow community members. ... . The right to be free from peer pressure or ridicule regarding one's beliefs, interests, and
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUsers must agree to the following: Respect for the rights of others is imperative. Civil discussion is at the heart of a university community free of intimidation and harassment and based upon a respect for individuals as well as a desire to learn from others. While debate on controversial issues is inevitable and essential, bear in mind that it is the user's responsibility to do so in a way that actually advances the cause of learning and mutual understanding.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual
favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment
occurs when: ... Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive as to have the effect of
unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or of
creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, educational or residential
August 2, 2011
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for August 2011: Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Mansfield’s student handbook, the Mountie Manual, includes a Student Rights and Responsibilities document. Under the heading of “freedom from discrimination,” the policy states: It is everyone’s responsibility to create a social order that is free of discrimination. We are obligated to examine our own behavior and to provide role models for others which are free of racism and other actions which either diminish the self-esteem or any person or create an atmosphere in which their striving for competence is diminished. … If any member of […]» Read More