Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
Southeastern Louisiana 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
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unsolicited, deliberate or
* sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions;
* verbal abuse of a sexual nature;
* display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and
* offensive or abusive physical contact of a sexual nature.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementThe University has designated the following sites for public discussion and/or
peaceful public assembly or demonstration: (1) the steps in front of the Student
Union Annex and the grassy area immediately in front of the steps and bounded by
the sidewalk; (2) the grassy area in front of the Claude B. Pennington, Jr. Student
Activity Center; (3) Presidential Plaza area north of the Student Union, as areas
where public speech and assemblies may be conducted by students without prior
administrative approval. Individual(s) or organizations wishing to use such areas
will be required to register the public speech or assembly a minimum of seven (7)
days in advance through the office of Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementFor the purposes of University policy, the term "racial harassment" refers
to any behavior, verbal or physical, that stigmatizes or victimizes individuals
on the basis of race, ethnic origin and that:
1. Involves a stated or implicit threat to the victim's academic or employment
2. Has the purpose or result of interfering with an individual's academic or
work performance and/or
3. Creates an intimidating or offensive academic, work or campus environment.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementThe University expects students to regulate
their own lives in accordance with accepted standards and good taste. This means
that possessions or displays which are inconsistent with accepted standards should
not be kept in students rooms, specifically signs or articles which might have
been picked up inappropriately (street signs, etc.) or those in poor taste are
considered inconsistent with University policy.
Responsible Computing at Southeastern Louisiana University: General Policies for All Computer Users 13-14
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementThe University community encourages free speech and intellectual debate. However, free speech does not include hostile, intimidating, or threatening language or behavior. Southeastern Louisiana University has a tradition of providing a caring, nurturing environment for students and employees. Any use of computer resources for the creation or promulgation of harassing language or behavior will be investigated and may lead to disciplinary and/or legal action.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement[T]hreatening, intimidating,
coercing, and/or harassing in a manner which causes another person to be
reasonably apprehensive or which endangers the health or safety of oneself or
another person ....
December 30, 2012
by James Varney The Times-Picayune Here’s a New Year’s wish for 2013: this year, on the 222nd anniversary of the Bill of Rights’ ratification, Louisiana colleges and universities will honor the freedom of speech. Thus far, unfortunately, defending the First Amendment is not a resolution many Louisiana schools of higher learning have kept. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education grades schools nationwide in terms of their commitment to free speech, a thing that, in theory anyway, would need no protection in a genuine marketplace of ideas. In Louisiana, not one of 7 public and 1 private colleges and universities analyzed […]» Read More
August 4, 2010
Sara Lipka of the Chronicle of Higher Education reports today that Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) has shelved its security fee policy for non-university speakers after the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found it unconstitutional in a ruling issued last week. The case was Sonnier v. Crane, No. 09-30186 (5th Cir. July 27, 2010). SLU’s former policy granted administrators “sole discretion” in determining security needs for speaker events, and then permitted administrators to pass that financial burden on to the student group bringing the outside speaker to campus. However, this kind of fee system was found unconstitutional […]» Read More
Federal Court of Appeals Rejects Unconstitutional Security Fee Policy, But Upholds University’s Limitations on Non-Student Speech
August 2, 2010
Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals assessed the constitutionality of several speech policies at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU). The court held that SLU’s policy concerning the imposition of security fees on demonstrators violated the First Amendment, sending a signal to universities that they cannot penalize controversial speakers for audience reaction. However, giving an unwarranted amount of deference to SLU, the Fifth Circuit upheld the school’s policies limiting the times and places where non-students can gather. This case arose when Jeremy Sonnier entered SLU’s campus with four others to express a religious message. Neither Sonnier nor his friends were […]» Read More