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

  • Mountie Manual: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Freedom from Discrimination 13-14

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

    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 the university community is subjected to behavior which they believe is racist or discriminatory, they should contact the Social Equity and Multicultural Affairs Office ….

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  • Mountie Manual: Conduct Regulations 13-14

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

    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 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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.

    Behavior conducted online such as harassment delivered by e-mail can subject students to Mansfield University conduct action. Blogs, web pages, social networking sites, and other modes of electronic communication are in the public sphere, are not private, and can subject a student to allegations of misconduct.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Community Bill of Rights 13-14

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

    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 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    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 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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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