North Carolina Central University

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

Speech Code Rating

North Carolina Central 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.

  • 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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Red Light Policies

  • Department of Residential Life: Community Living Standards 12-13

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

    The Department of Residential Life recognizes that students living in residential
    communities have certain responsibilities in their relationship to other community
    members and to their environment. These responsibilities include: ... Avoid using the written or spoken word in a way that demeans, defames, offends,
    slanders, or discriminates.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Guide to On-Campus Living: Obscene Language 13-14

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

    Obscene conduct and public profanity will not be tolerated. Statements of intolerance and/or harassment due to race, ethnicity, sex, religion, disability, or sexual orientation may be subject to disciplinary action.

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  • Guide to On-Campus Living: Window Decorations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    If residents decorate their room windows, they should give consideration to the uniqueness of the University and the diverse population it serves. The Residential Life staff will contact residents regarding inappropriate or potentially offensive objects and decorations in the windows when such decorations are observed.

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  • Department of Residential Life: Community Living Standards 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Materials
    deemed offensive, harmful to the community, or promoting at risk behavior will not be
    approved for posting.

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  • Responsible Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Use of University computing and electronic communication resources is conditioned upon
    the obligation of each user to adhere to the following standards of responsible use: ... Respect the privacy and personal rights of others by ensuring that use of University computing and electronic communication resources does not constitute invasion of privacy, harassment, defamation, threats, intimidation, unwarranted annoyance or embarrassment, or discrimination based on race, sex, national origin,
    disability, age, religion, or sexual orientation.

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  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment is also defined as student-to-student or student-initiated deliberate, unsolicited, and unwelcomed verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or with sexual implications. Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature shall constitute sexual harassment when: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Department of Residential Life: Community Living Standards 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment, defined as any physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, stalking, or
    other behavior that interferes with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts,
    employment, or participation in University-sponsored activities, is strictly prohibited.

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  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2005

    December 29, 2005

    An outrageous number of colleges and universities severely restrict their students’ expressive rights—so many that researching and analyzing these restrictions is my full-time job. As 2005 draws to a close, I would like to highlight just a few of the particularly outrageous (but, sadly, quite common) restrictions that I found in the course of my research this year. These institutions should be ashamed of themselves. Stevens Institute of Technology provides students with a laundry list of behaviors that constitute sexual harassment, including “sexist jokes,” “comments regarding a person’s attire,” “displaying or discussing materials pertaining to males or females in a […]

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