Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
Towson University 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.
suggestive conduct or offensive remarks of a sexual nature may also
constitute Sexual Harassment.
Activity must contact the following offices in advance of any
planned Expressive Activity: the Office of Campus Life (Students
and Student groups); the Provost’s Office (faculty); and the Office
of the Vice President for Administration and Finance (staff).
April 4, 2013
It’s not often enough that FIRE gets to relay a good example of speech on campus, but today I’m happy to bring you not one but two schools that are fostering proper respect for values of free speech and liberty more generally on their campuses The first comes from the University of Rochester, where economics professor Steven Landsburg posed a controversial question on his personal blog, The Big Questions, concerning whether or not harm is done to rape victims if they are not physically damaged by their assault. As you might expect, Landsburg’s question stirred up news media from Gawker […]» Read More
February 10, 2012
The Towerlight, a student newspaper at Maryland’s Towson University, ran an article earlier this week on Towson’s “yellow light” rating in FIRE’s recent speech code report, Spotlight on Speech Codes 2012: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses. The article does a good job of explaining Towson’s speech code rating, which could certainly be the subject of a thoroughly exhausting piece given that the university maintains no fewer than seven “yellow light” policies. As a public institution legally bound by the First Amendment, this is simply unacceptable. Perhaps more noteworthy than that, though, are some of the statements […]» Read More
March 31, 2011
I wrote here last month about the theft of 2,000 to 3,000 issues of the Towson University campus newspaper The Towerlight. I wrote then, as did The Baltimore Sun on March 2, that The Towerlight intended to press charges against the perpetrators of the thefts, if they were caught, under the Maryland Newspaper Theft Statute. It appeared progress was being made in the investigation. As the Sun wrote: University spokeswoman Carol Dunsworth said that campus police identified suspects in the case and that those suspects have been referred to the office of student conduct for possible punishment. But that’s not good enough for […]» Read More
February 14, 2011
At Towson University in Maryland, the editors of The Towerlight, the campus’ student newspaper, are promising to take action after, according to initial reports, almost all of its most recent edition was stolen—nearly 10,000 copies in all (update, 2/15/11: a more recent estimate is that 2,000-3,000 papers were stolen). Such thefts are depressingly common on university campuses, as we at FIRE can attest. In fact, The Towerlight notes that this is the third such occurrence at Towson in the past three semesters alone! Not only is this form of censorship unprincipled and thuggish, it is nonsensical—whatever content in the paper motivated […]» Read More
October 7, 2008
Adam Kissel, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, will be presenting two lectures at Towson University tonight. He has been invited to speak to the Towson Student Government Association early this evening and will give some remarks on the various measures that student representatives can take to ensure that they are doing their best to protect students’ rights. He will then give a public lecture entitled “Constitutional Rights of Students, Faculty, and Staff on College Campuses” at 7:00 p.m. in the Loch Raven Room of the University Union. Adam’s lecture has been sponsored by CFN member John Eubank IV […]» Read More