Location: Caldwell, Idaho
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
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June 15, 2005
Albertson College of Idaho was FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month for July, 2005. The university’s harassment policy prohibited comments that “fail to respect dignity and feelings,” and stated that students could be punished for undefined behaviors that the school considered “inconsistent with the standards and expectations.” After FIRE brought attention to the school’s policy it was changed, resulting in a victory for free speech on campus.» Read More
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, abusive or offensive environment.
July 23, 2005
“Book him, Dan-o. He hurt my feelings.” Being nice at Albertson College in Caldwell isn’t just a good idea. It’s the law. A stupid law, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Ours is a crass age. You would think a niceness policy would earn applause. You would think people would appreciate concern for civility, decorum and other people’s feelings. Nah. Albertson College’s policy was cited as the foundation’s July 2005 Speech Code of the Month. The harassment policy in Albertson’s student handbook forbids “any comments or conduct relating to a person’s race, gender, religion, disability, age or […]» Read More
May 25, 2007
As Torch readers know, each month, FIRE features a college or university with a particularly egregious speech code as its Speech Code of the Month. We use Speech Code of the Month to educate the public about the ever-present problem of speech codes on campus, but the feature also helps put public pressure on these schools to encourage revisions of these repressive policies. An article in our new issue of The FIRE Quarterly discusses the changes in policies FIRE has witnessed in four institutions that have been named Speech Code of the Month in the past. Since June 2005, Albertson […]» Read More
February 28, 2006
One year ago this month, FIRE launched The Torch as a decisive step into the daily debate over civil liberties on campus. The blog format has proved to be a great forum for FIRE staff members to introduce and follow up on FIRE cases, discuss current legal and policy issues affecting campus rights, point out interesting articles and other blog posts, and present FIRE’s reflections on campus controversies that have not been adopted as FIRE cases. We are especially proud of the scrutiny of misguided campus policies that has been generated by The Torch’s “Speech Code of the Month” […]» Read More