Location: Sewanee, Tennessee
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Sewanee, The University of the South 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
Conduct prohibited by this policy does not include simple teasing, off-hand comments, or isolated incidents that are not extremely serious. Rather, conduct that rises to the level of harassment must be so offensive as to alter the conditions of employment or the educational environment. If the harassment culminates in a tangible employment or education action or is sufficiently severe or pervasive so that a hostile work or education environment is created, then the conduct is prohibited. ... Conduct that may create a hostile environment includes offensive statements and comments, unwelcome touching, and displays of offensive pictures or other materials.
* unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct
* that is so sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive
* that it unreasonably interferes with, denies, or limits someone's ability to participate in or benefit from the college's educational program and/or activities,
* and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment , or retaliation.
In Verdict Against Sewanee, Federal Jury Sends Important Message About Proper Handling of Sexual Assault Cases
September 6, 2011
Last week, a federal jury in Tennessee delivered a key verdict in a former student’s suit against Sewanee: the University of the South after the school found him guilty of violating its sexual assault policy. In a decision that should send some rumblings through the world of higher education and make universities think twice about the way they adjudicate allegations of sexual misconduct and rape, the jury awarded $26,500 in compensatory damages to the former student for Sewanee’s negligence in mishandling his disciplinary hearing. The case began with a female student’s 2008 accusation of rape. As The Chronicle of Higher […]» Read More