Shaw University

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Website: http://www.shawuniversity.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

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  • Shaw University: Severe Punishment for Criticizing Administration

    January 13, 2003

    Gale Isaacs, a nineteen-year veteran professor at Shaw University, was removed from her position as chair of her department, terminated from employment, and escorted from her office by campus police after she co-authored a faculty resolution critical of Shaw’s President and Trustees. Shaw Student Shaniqua Bizzell, who was one month from graduating, was also expelled by Shaw and removed from campus housing after she read the resolution aloud and distributed copies of the text in Shaw’s student center; though her expulsion was later rescinded, Bizzell was ordered to vacate university housing. 

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Residence Life Manual: University Dress Code 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    Attire must not display obscene, profane, lewd, illegal, or offensive images or words. Dress must be in good taste and appropriate for the occasion or setting.

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  • Undergraduate Catalog: Code of Conduct 09-10

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

    I agree:
    ...
    4. To celebrate diversity. I recognize and therefore affirm the dignity and worth of others who live, work or study in this academic community.5. To discourage any behavior within myself or among my peers that would jeopardize the
    integrity or the reputation of this University. I will accordingly report any and all violations to
    the appropriate authority.

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Not Rated Policies
  • Shaw University Code of Conduct 05-06

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

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  • Religious Life – Mandatory Chapel Policy 05-06

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    All members of the college community are encouraged to participate in university worship each
    Sunday. This service is mandatory for all freshmen and sophomores who are Raleigh day
    students. Participation by these groups is a graduation requirement. Any student missing more
    than four (4) Sunday services during each semester is required to complete another full semester
    until the requirement is met.

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  • The Chill Is Nothing New

    September 9, 2005

    There is a chill on campus, but that’s nothing new. For decades, campus speech has been chilled by speech codes and other attempts to prevent expression that might offend. Some would like to imagine that the excesses of “political correctness” are ancient history, but repression in the name of tolerance hasn’t gone anywhere. Oppressive speech codes are not only still around—they have actually multiplied, even after numerous court decisions declared them unconstitutional. Within the past year, college students have been punished for such things as expressing a religious objection to homosexuality and arguing that corporal punishment may be acceptable. Students […]

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