Plymouth State University

Location: Plymouth, New Hampshire
Website: http://www.plymouth.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Plymouth 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
  • Student Handbook: Free Speech, Solicitation, and Distribution in Public Areas of Campus 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Students and non-students are permitted to engage in free speech activities, solicit contributions, and distribute literature (including requesting a small fee or voluntary donation for literature to defray expenses) in the public areas on campus, provided that the activity is scheduled in advance through the Student Life/Hartman Union Administrative Office ….

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  • Student Handbook: Harassment (General) 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Behaviors, actions, or statements that have the intentional or unintentional effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic, social, or work related functions are not permitted. This may include behavior that is unwelcome, degrading, intrusive, violent, abusive, or offensive. Behavior does not have to be repeated.

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  • Student Handbook: Harassment (Sexual) 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature are not permitted. The following constitutes sexual harassment: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating a hostile or offensive working or academic environment.

    The following conduct may also constitute sexual harassment:

    1. Unwelcome sexual propositions.
    2. Graphic comments about a person’s body.
    3. Sexually suggestive objects or pictures in the workplace or academic environment.
    4. Sexually degrading words to describe a person.
    5. Derogatory or sexually explicit statements about an actual or supposed sexual relationship.
    6. Unwelcome touching, patting, pinching or leering.
    7. Derogatory gender-based humor.

    A single incident that creates a distracting or uncomfortable atmosphere on a given day may not constitute sexual harassment, however, isolated or sporadic acts that are severe may constitute sexual harassment. A series of individual minor incidents over time may have the cumulative effect of becoming sexually harassing. Such conduct whether intended or not may constitute sexual harassment.

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  • Information Technology Services: Email Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    This policy covers appropriate use of any e-mail sent from a PSU e-mail address and applies to all employees, vendors, and agents operating on behalf of the University.

    Persons may not use e-mail in inappropriate ways or in violation of USNH or PSU policies or local, state or federal laws. This includes, but is not limited to:

    1. Stalking, harassment including sexual harassment, hate speech, or other unlawful activity.

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  • Hartman Union Building: Posting in the HUB 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Guidelines include: postings should be free of obscenities, racist/sexist language, and should not promote alcohol consumption.

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