Location: Durham, North Carolina
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
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.
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.”» Read More
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementThe 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementObscene 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.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementIf 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.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementMaterials
deemed offensive, harmful to the community, or promoting at risk behavior will not be
approved for posting.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUse 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment, 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.
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 […]» Read More