Salem State University

Location: Salem, Massachusetts
Website: http://www.salemstate.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Salem State University 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.

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FIRE Speech Code Memorandum for Salem State University

Red Light Policies

  • Guide to Living on Campus: Policy Against Racism 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    This policy prohibits racism, anti-Semitism and ethnic or cultural intolerance. It prohibits all actions or omissions--including all acts of verbal harassment or abuse--that deny or have the effect of denying anyone his or her rights to
    equality, dignity and security on the basis of his or her race, color, ethnicity, culture, or religion. It reaffirms the doctrine of
    civility, appreciation for cultural/racial pluralism and the pre-eminence of individual human dignity as pre-conditions for
    achieving an academic community that recognizes and uses the resources of all persons.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual Harassment: Objectionable, unwanted sexual attention from
    either a person in a position of authority or power or from a peer.
    Sexual harassment also can involve verbal or written communication
    of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
    educational living or work environment.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • PUBLIC SPEAKING, DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE, COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION AND DEMONSTRATIONS IN PUBLIC AREAS 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Visitors to the campus, students, staff, or faculty wishing to use a public area to publicly address the University community
    at other than a University-sponsored event must first contact the Campus Center to insure that the time, place and
    manner of the address does not interfere with normal University functioning.
    1. Within no less than 48 hours prior to the time requested to make a public address, persons wishing to
    use a public area space should inform Campus Center of the date, time, number of people involved,
    and the contact person for the event.
    2. On a case-by-case basis, the University may waive the 48-hour notice requirement for spontaneous
    public addresses that are directly occasioned by news, events or affairs coming into public knowledge
    less than 48 hours prior to such address. Such spontaneous public addresses may be allowed upon
    the Alumni Plaza without the speaker or organizer first having to obtain a permit.
    3. As a general rule, no individual or group will be permitted to engage in public address on campus
    more than two times per month and/or four visits per semester.

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  • Policy Against Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or
    physical conduct of a sexual nature by any member of the campus
    community constitutes sexual harassment when: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with
    an individual's academic or work performance or creating a sexually
    intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living
    environment.

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  • Posting Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    All materials posted on the campus must be reviewed, approved and stamped by the Campus Center Programs
    Office before they may be posted.

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  • Guidelines for Religious Groups on Campus 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    WHAT CONSTITUTES BEHAVIOR WHICH IS INJURIOUS TO THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND
    PUBLIC WELFARE OF THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY?
    1. All forms of harassment and proselytizing.

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  • Guide to Living on Campus: Community Behavior 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Students may be asked to
    remove offensive images, materials or language from doors, windows and other public areas.

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  • Acceptable Use Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Unacceptable uses of University computing and electronic communication resources include, but are not
    limited to, the following examples: ... Use University computer facilities in a manner that would constitute harassment, invasion of
    privacy, threat, defamation, intimidation, obscenity, unwarranted annoyance or embarrassment,
    or discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sexual
    orientation.

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  • Guide to Living on Campus: Statement on Diversity 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    As a department, we will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, particularly as it might relate to an individual’s identity. When
    one individual or a group of individuals acts to destroy the essence of our diverse community, or shows a lack of respect
    to an individual, we will respond appropriately. We will not tolerate behavior that is not in line with the belief that each
    individual is a valued member of our community, and should be treated with dignity and respect.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Conduct Regulations 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Behavior which jeopardizes the safety or well-being of other members of the
    university community or persons coming onto university property. This
    includes, but is not limited to:
    2.1) Harassment of [other members of the university community or
    persons coming onto university property];
    2.2) Statements intended to defame character;
    2.3) Physical abuse;
    2.4) Verbal abuse;
    2.5) Written abuse of another person;
    2.6) Threats to another person;
    2.7) Any act of violence;
    2.8) Inappropriately touching another person

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Green Light Policies
  • Policy Statement on Student Demonstrations 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    The University acknowledges the right of students to demonstrate and the corresponding right of the University
    Community to maintain the normal conduct of University affairs without undue interference. The right of students to
    express views through demonstrations and mass gatherings is protected on campus so long as they do not:
    1) Materially disrupt the normal ongoing University functions;
    2) Interfere with the rights of others, including free movement on campus;
    3) Engage in the destruction of property.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Preamble 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    University students are recognized as being both citizens in the larger community and members of an academic community. In their roles as citizens, students are free to exercise their fundamental constitutional rights. Rights and responsibilities under local, state and national laws are neither abridged nor extended by status as a student at Salem State.

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Salem State University

    October 4, 2013

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for October 2013: Salem State University. The Guide to Living on Campus for Massachusetts’ Salem State includes a Policy Against Racism (PDF) that applies to all students living in the university’s residence halls, spaces where students often speak the most freely. That policy “prohibits racism, anti-Semitism and ethnic or cultural intolerance.” It also prohibits all actions or omissions—including all acts of verbal harassment or abuse—that deny or have the effect of denying anyone his or her rights to equality, dignity and security on the basis of his or her race, color, ethnicity, […]

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