Location: University Center, Michigan
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Saginaw Valley 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.
student organizations, University departments and other approved groups at Saginaw Valley State
University for non-commercial purposes. Approval must be obtained by Student Life by submitting a
General Posting Request Form. Student Life staff will approve and post all materials.
behavior or communicate the intent to engage in assaultive
behaviors (including written or electronic transmissions), verbal
threats, self-destructive behaviors or gestures or other conduct to
cause danger to the personal, mental or physical health, safety or
welfare of members of the University community or visitors to
request for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature when (a) submission to or rejection of such advances,
requests or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or
condition of employment, education, housing or participation in any
University activity; or (b) such advances, requests or conduct have
the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s
employment, education, housing or participation in any University
activity by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually
offensive environment. It is the University’s policy to vigorously
enforce these prohibitions.
academic community, enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceful
assembly, and right of petition that other citizens enjoy.
conduct involving harassment of another individual that would
cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened,
intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, or that actually
causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated,
threatened, harassed, or molested.
December 23, 2012
A Saginaw Valley State University student whose profanity-laced posters were not allowed to be posted on campus bulletin boards is claiming the school is violating his First Amendment rights. Daniel Chapman, who is involved in student government at SVSU, has attempted to display posters that use profanity to protest a new policy at the university that requires all postings to meet the approval of the Student Life Office. The policy states that postings must be in good taste, free from profanity, nudity or sexually suggestive graphics/phrasing and not include discriminatory or derogatory statements or graphics. Chapman, citing a 1971 Supreme […]» Read More
December 27, 2012
In an article titled “University Utilizing Faulty Irony Detector Censors Flyer Protesting Its Censorship Policy” published today on popular technology blog techdirt, Tim Cushing comments on FIRE’s ongoing case at Saginaw Valley State University. Cushing points out the continuing oddity of higher education’s insistence on treating adult students as “overly sensitive children who need to be kept in a protective, non-offensive bubble during their stay on campus.” The whole article is worth a read (warning, some “swear words” are used), as it makes many of the same points FIRE President Greg Lukianoff makes in his book Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship […]» Read More