North Carolina A&T State University

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Website: http://www.ncat.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

North Carolina A&T State University 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.

  • University of North Carolina System: State of the First Amendment

    January 10, 2006

    FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also reveals that “13 out of the 16 schools in the UNC System have at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Distribution of Pamphlets, Written Materials and Posting Notices 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    In order to insure timeliness of information and the appropriateness, all groups must clear
    with the Office of Student Development any materials to be distributed within the University
    community.

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  • Student Handbook: Social Media 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    The Guidelines for Use of Social Media was developed to aid our internal
    stakeholders (faculty, staff and students) in navigating through social media sites
    utilized by the University that include, but may not be limited to, Facebook,
    Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
    In general, North Carolina A&T State University reserves the right to remove
    from social media platforms any comments that are deemed discriminatory
    against protected classes (such as, racist or sexist comments), abusive, profane,
    violent, obscene, spam, that advocate illegal activity, contain falsehoods or are
    wildly off-topic, duplicative, or that libel, incite, threaten or make ad hominem
    attacks on students, employees, guests or other individuals.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

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

    Students have the responsibility to: ... Conduct themselves with civility (respect and courtesy) toward all others at all times.

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  • Student Handbook: Misconduct Prohibited by the University 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Hazing, harassment, and/or intimidation - defined as the intentional commission of an act, by
    an individual or a group, of physically abusing or harassing another person or creating a
    situation which produces physical hurt or discomfort, severe emotional distress,
    embarrassment, or ridicule.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Misconduct Prohibited by the University 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Engaging in harassment leading to a hostile environment which includes conduct meeting the
    following criteria: directed towards a particular person or persons; based upon the person’s
    race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed,
    disability, or veteran status; unwelcome; severe or pervasive ; objectively offensive; and so
    unreasonably interferes with the targeted persons’ employment, academic pursuits, or
    participation in University-sponsored activities as to effectively deny equal access to the
    university’s resources and opportunities.

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  • Student Handbook: Disruptive Conduct Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    N.C. A&T has long honored the right of free
    discussion and expression, peaceful picketing and demonstrations, the right to petition and
    peaceable assembly. Without question these rights are a part of the fabric of this institution, and
    they must remain secure.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited and unwelcome verbal, non-verbal
    and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s
    work performance, academic activities or student experience or of creating an
    intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or student life environment.

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  • Nearly Three Years Later, Significant Improvement at North Carolina’s Public Universities

    September 22, 2008

    In January 2006, FIRE and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released a Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The report took an in-depth look at the speech codes in force at each of the sixteen universities in the UNC System and made detailed recommendations for how those codes could be improved. At the time, 13 of the 16 schools in the system received a “red-light” rating from FIRE for maintaining policies that clearly and substantially restricted students’ right to freedom of speech. Happily, a number of the […]

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