Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Location: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 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.

  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Information and Administrative Technology Services: Policies Concerning Computer Use 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Users are expected to use good judgment and exercise civility at all times when utilizing IT resources, and respect the large, diverse community utilizing these resources in a shared manner.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    For purposes of this policy, even if misbehavior is not sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute a basis for an award of damages or other relief to a victim under state or federal law, Slippery Rock University may still issue disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employees, so long as the acts committed by an employee are a sufficient basis on which to issue discipline. Therefore, if the acts constitute a violation of the university's code of conduct for students, the university may issue discipline.

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Green Light Policies
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