Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Location: Mansfield, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.mansfield.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

  • 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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Red Light Policies

  • Residence Hall Handbook: Hate Crimes 12-13

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

    Racism, 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.

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  • Mountie Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Freedom from Discrimination 12-13

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

    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.

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  • Mountie Manual: Conduct Regulations 12-13

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

    Offensive 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, stalking, coercion and/or conduct that threatens
    or endangers the health and safety of any person

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  • Student Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment. 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.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Community Bill of Rights 12-13

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

    The 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
    behavior.

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  • Mansfield University Campus Technologies: Acceptable Use Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Users 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.

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Green Light Policies
  • Mountie Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Freedom from Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual 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
    environment.

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

    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 […]

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