Location: Troy, New York
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 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.
February 22, 2006
As a result of worldwide controversy regarding caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, first published in a Danish newspaper, free speech was being openly disregarded on American college campuses. In the weeks following the printing of the cartoon, students, professors, and student publications not only reprinted the controversial cartoons but even created their own satirical cartoons depicting Mohammed. Chilling of speech in relation to the cartoon was found at Century College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and New York University, amongst others.» Read More
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementNo one may, under any circumstances, use Rensselaer's computer systems or networks to libel, slander, or harass any other person.
Computer Harassment includes, but is not limited to, using Rensselaer's computer systems or networks: (1) to annoy, harass, terrify, intimidate, threaten, offend or bother another person (for example, by conveying abusive, profane, defamatory or offensive messages, obscene language, pictures, or other materials, or threats of bodily harm); (2) to contact another person repeatedly to annoy, harass, or bother, whether or not any actual message is communicated, and/or where no purpose of legitimate communication exists, and where the recipient has expressed a desire for the communication to cease; (3) to contact another person repeatedly regarding a matter for which one does not have a legal right to communicate, once the recipient has expressed a desire for such communication to cease; (4) to disrupt or damage the academic, research, administrative, or related pursuits of another; (5) to invade or threaten to invade the privacy, academic or otherwise, of another.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement[S]ome
examples of specifically prohibited conduct include:
* Engaging in sexually suggestive conversation that is
unwelcome or physical contact or touching another
student or employee in a way that is unwelcome.
*Displaying, storing, or transmitting pornographic or
sexually oriented materials ....
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementNo person or persons shall use, in public,
language or gestures which are
unreasonably abusive or obscene.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementSigns must not contain anything that maligns any person or group as determined by Residence Life.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementOnly peaceful demonstrations are appropriate
in an academic community and the Trustees
are confident that no member or group of the
Institute community will go beyond the bounds
set by these regulations. In order to maintain
the safety and to safeguard the interests of all
members of the Institute community, any
group or individual planning a demonstration
must submit an Application For Approval of
Peaceful Demonstration to the Dean of
Students Office at least seven (7) days prior to
the proposed demonstration date and include
its proposed location and the object of the
intended protest, or other purpose. If a
situation emerges for which a seven day notice
is neither appropriate nor practical, the Dean
of Students shall exercise reasonable discretion
by reviewing the application to reasonably
assure student safety and to safeguard the
interests of all members of the Rensselaer
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementAcademic freedom is essential to a university
community. Freedom of speech and freedom
of assembly are essential to academic
May 1, 2005
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last month at Skidmore College, a group of students planned a “Coming Out Day.” The students weren’t celebrating their sexuality, but their conservativeness. They belonged to the Young Republican Assembly. While the group wound up changing the name of the event because some students took offense, their decision to tag such a right-wing event with a moniker often associated with the left was no coincidence. The conservative movement on college campuses today is characterized by its adoption of concepts that the left has relied on for years. Now, when young Republicans speak out, they call for tolerance, […]» Read More