North Dakota State University

Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Website: http://www.ndsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

North Dakota 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Behavior: Respect for the Protection and Rights of Others 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Behavior in any form that involves an expressed or implied threat to interfere or that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of interfering with an individual’s personal safety, safety of property, academic efforts, employment or participation in university sponsored activities, and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur is prohibited.

    The face-to-face use of “fighting words” is prohibited. Fighting words are personally abusive epithets that, when addressed to any person, are, as a matter of public knowledge, inherently likely to provoke immediate violent reaction whether or not the reaction occurs.

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  • NDSU Bias Report Form 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech

    This web site provides NDSU students, faculty, and staff with a web form for reporting acts of bias, bigotry, or hate that occur at NDSU.

    Use this Web form to report an act of bias, bigotry, or hate.

    NDSU staff who read reports generated by this system do not have access to user ID information so these reports are completely anonymous to these staff (unless the reporter chooses to provide optional contact information at the end of the report form). … NDSU understands one wanting to remain anonymous. While it’s possible for the user’s identity to remain anonymous, NDSU can’t guarantee absolute confidentiality of the report itself.

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  • Anti-Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment may include (but is not limited to) jokes, derogatory comments, pictures, and/or direct physical advances.

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  • Code of Student Behavior: Demonstrations/Parades 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    While the campus must be open to the free exchange of ideas, the University may limit the time, place and manner of demonstrations. All members of the community are expected to conduct dialogs with civility.

    Any on-campus protest, rally, or demonstration must be registered with the director of the Memorial Union and University Police and, whenever possible, at least 24 hours prior to the event.

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Green Light Policies
  • Code of Student Behavior: Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    NDSU prohibits harassment based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity (such as reporting alleged harassment or providing information related to a grievance). Harassment (based on an individual’s membership in one or more of the groups identified above) is defined, for purposes of this policy, as unwelcome verbal or physical
    behavior which has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s employment or academic endeavors or creating a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment.

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  • Code of Student Behavior: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as: ”Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.”

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  • MySpace Has Administrators in a Frenzy

    June 12, 2006

    FIRE has been reporting the continued crackdown on students’ expression on Internet sites like MySpace and Facebook. While these sites have given students a new forum to express themselves and communicate with friends, they have also opened a new medium for administrative overview of students’ personal opinions and activities.   When the message boards contain advertisements for wild parties or descriptions of alcoholic exploits, then some might view administrative interference as warranted. Finding such incriminating information, however, involves administrators’ trolling students’ profiles for anything that looks illegal, dangerous, or otherwise unsavory. And there’s the rub.   At North Carolina State […]

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