Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
Norfolk State University 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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPhysical abuse, violent verbal abuse, or profanity by any student on property owned or controlled by the University, or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementLewd, indecent, or obscene displays or conduct on property owned or controlled by the University or at functions sponsored or supervised by the University or University-related organizations
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementOffensive or profane language is not allowed in any academic setting.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementRegistered student organizations, faculty, and staff desirous of using campus facilities for meetings and/or activities are required to complete a General Activity Requisition Form (GARF). ... The GARF is required be submitted ten (10) working days prior to the activity date to allow processing by the student organization’s advisor and university department officials for approval.
November 7, 2012
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2012: Norfolk State University in Virginia. Norfolk State, a public university in Virginia, maintains an Acceptable Use of Technological Resources policy (PDF) that unlawfully restricts protected expression in a number of different ways. The policy defines “technological resources” quite broadly to include “information systems; computer hardware and software; network and telecommunications systems and services; and Internet access.” The policy contains an extensive list of “prohibited activities” for users of the university’s technological resources, including using those resources “to further personal views” or “religious or political causes.” It also prohibits downloading […]» Read More