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

    In order to ensure timeliness and appropriateness of information to be distributed to the university community, groups must clear all materials with the Office of Student Development. As a minimum requirement, all materials must include program title, date and sponsoring organization (see publication on Banner & Flyer guidelines for other requirements). Upon approval, group members are required to distribute materials in designated areas only.

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  • Student Handbook: Social Media 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    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

    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

    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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  • Network Usage Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Unacceptable activities include, but are not limited to: … Activity such as threatening the safety of individual(s) and/or property, intimidating or bullying individual(s), defamation of individual(s), and violation of student and/or employee policies

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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

    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

    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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