Location: Salem, Massachusetts
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit
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.
Red Light Policies
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.
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.
PUBLIC SPEAKING, DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE, COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION AND DEMONSTRATIONS IN PUBLIC AREAS 12-13Visitors 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.
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
remove offensive images, materials or language from doors, windows and other public areas.
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
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.
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
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.
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, […]» Read More