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
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.
deemed offensive, harmful to the community, or promoting at risk behavior will not be
approved for posting.
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.
other behavior that interferes with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts,
employment, or participation in University-sponsored activities, is strictly prohibited.