Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
Northwestern 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.
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementCDs/iPods utilized for campus events may not contain foul language or
language that degrades one’s age, gender, religion, language, sexual
orientation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, exceptionalities, or
geographic background. Any RSO not adhering to the clean music policy will
have their event shut down and risk losing outdoor event privileges for the
remainder of the semester.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUse of computing facilities to access, send, or receive obscene and/or abusive messages.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementCyberbullying involves the use of information technology (email, websites, social networking, internet messaging, or any other technology) for hostile behavior to harm or to upset others. A person cannot easily get away
from cyberbullying since using email and the internet are everyday practices.
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement1. Advertising, promoting, soliciting, selling, or distributing or posting of material of any nature by commercial or noncommercial organization on University-owned or University-controlled property or at University-sponsored activities is prohibited without prior approval from the Director of Student Activities.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementAs a member of the University community, a student is entitled to the freedoms and rights guaranteed to students by the Constitutions of the United States and Louisiana.
December 30, 2012
by James Varney The Times-Picayune Here’s a New Year’s wish for 2013: this year, on the 222nd anniversary of the Bill of Rights’ ratification, Louisiana colleges and universities will honor the freedom of speech. Thus far, unfortunately, defending the First Amendment is not a resolution many Louisiana schools of higher learning have kept. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education grades schools nationwide in terms of their commitment to free speech, a thing that, in theory anyway, would need no protection in a genuine marketplace of ideas. In Louisiana, not one of 7 public and 1 private colleges and universities analyzed […]» Read More
July 31, 2013
Far too often, college administrators fail to recognize the value of free speech in education and instead take action to censor students’ protected expression. However, Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, commendably advocated for free speech in a recent article for The Huffington Post. Commenting on recent free speech controversies involving Rolling Stone magazine and Northwestern University, Subbaswamy voiced his support for the freedoms FIRE works hard to defend: The Bill of Rights in the Constitution is unprecedented in its protection of free speech, even hateful speech. It is those protections that form the enduring foundation of U.S. […]» Read More
August 16, 2012
In what may be a first, FIRE has been directly cited in a university policy regulating student expression. Northwestern State University (NSU) in Louisiana maintains a Student Handbook policy on “Cyberbullying” (PDF) that states, in relevant part: Cyberbullying involves the use of information technology (email, websites, social networking, internet messaging, or any other technology) for hostile behavior to harm or to upset others. A person cannot easily get away from cyberbullying since using email and the internet are everyday practices. For more information on bullying, visit the following sites: [...] http://the fire.org/article/12945.html While we have a lot of experience analyzing […]» Read More