Location: Millersville, Pennsylvania
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit
Millersville University of Pennsylvania has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. 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
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementUnwelcome conduct by an individual(s) that is sufficiently severe
or pervasive that it alters the living, educational, or employment conditions and
creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or
offensive. Harassing conduct includes bullying, cyber bullying and stalking.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementSexist and discriminatory materials are strictly prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementWindows and door exterior-- if residents decorate their
room windows or door, they should give consideration to
the uniqueness of the University and the diverse population
it serves. The Housing and Residential Program staff will
contact students regarding inappropriate or offensive objects
and decorations in the windows or on the door exterior.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThis policy prohibits the face-to-face use of "fighting words" by
a student, faculty member, or staff member to harass any person
or persons on the University campus or other property under
University control. "Fighting words" are those personally abusive
epithets which, when directly addressed to any ordinary person, in the context used as a matter of common knowledge, are
inherently likely to provoke an immediate and violent reaction,
whether or not they actually do so. Such expressions include, but
are not limited to, those terms or gestures widely recognized to
be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual
orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act,
defines sexual harassment as: "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
constitutes sexual harassment when: ... Such conduct has the effect of interfering with the individual’s
work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
February 18, 2009
Congratulations to Millersville University (MU) for promising to stand strong against protesters who want MU to disinvite controversial professor William Ayers from a lecture scheduled for March 19. Ayers became controversial during the 2008 presidential election and, since then, has been disinvited from University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and Georgia Southern University (GSU) under very questionable circumstances. At both schools, vehement calls to disinvite Ayers were followed by the claim that the disinvitation was merely for security purposes. At UNL, it was reported that a series of increasingly violent and credible threats made it impossible to guarantee security on campus, and […]» Read More
July 18, 2007
The United Kingdom appears to be rapidly turning into a place where Big Brother is not just a character in a book, or a reality TV show, but a reality for everyone. Britain is well-known for its abundance of closed-circuit TV cameras that record everyone walking down the streets, all the time—and sometimes, the cameras even harangue you to stop doing what you’re doing. Yet the Argus-like eye of Britain is not confined to the increasingly ubiquitous security cameras—now, at least for Oxford University, Facebook.com is part of the equation. The AP reports that Oxford administrators are actively searching […]» Read More
April 30, 2007
The battle between students and university administrators over online privacy has reached a new—though sadly predictable—level of ludicrousness. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Stacy Snyder, a 27-year-old student at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, was denied her education degree (and the accompanying teaching certificate) after student-teacher advisors and university officials discovered an “unprofessional” picture of the degree candidate on her MySpace page. The picture, which portrays Snyder drinking from a plastic “Mr. Goodbar” cup and wearing a pirate hat at a 2005 Halloween party, is accompanied by the caption “Drunken Pirate.” Despite the fact that (a) Snyder was of […]» Read More