Location: Troy, Alabama
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
Troy 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.
October 31, 2005
FIRE targeted the fifth university in its highly successful Speech Code Litigation project. FIRE’s continued effort to systematically demolish unconstitutional campus speech restrictions has already tasted victory at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, Texas Tech University, the State University of New York at Brockport, and California’s Citrus College. Despite its obligation as a public university to uphold the First Amendment, and its explicit assurance to students that it will respect the rights of students to “[f]ree inquiry, expression, and assembly,” Troy’s speech code is extraordinarily overbroad and vague. Troy’s handbook states, for instance, that a student can face punishment up to […]» Read More
Red Light Policies
are all responsible to one another and to the thinking and thoughtful community of which each
of us ought to be a valuable part. Each of us must be considerate of other users of University
computer resources and facilities.
taunting, innuendo, display of offensive materials, threats, imposition of academic penalties, hazing, stalking, shunning or exclusion
related to the discriminatory or harassment grounds
sexual favors, and any other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct. If these events are of sexual
nature it constitutes sexual harassment when submission to, or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly, affects an individual’s employment or educational experience, unreasonably
interferes with an individual’s work performance or academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
propriety associated with the concept of ladies and gentlemen pursuing higher
education on a university campus. Public display of affection is not in keeping
with the standards expected of students at Troy State University. Students are
expected to conduct themselves in a civil manner that will not discredit
themselves or the university.
Student Handbook: Advertising, Distribution of Literature, Notices and other Printed Materials 12-13Organizations or individuals proposing to distribute printed materials on the campus must
obtain permission from the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership (Troy) or the
Student Services Office (other campuses).
suspension and expulsion, and is deemed in violation of the "STANDARDS OF
CONDUCT," for the commission of or the attempt to commit any of the following
offenses: ... Lewd, indecent, obscene behavior or expression.
In order to maintain safety, security and order, and to ensure the orderly scheduling of campus facilities, and to preclude conflicts with academic and curricular activities, Troy University reserves the
right to limit such activities regarding time, place, and manner of such activities. The specific location for these activities shall be determined by the Student Services Office on each campus. Please consult the specific section for the campus in question. In general, the amphitheater adjacent to the Trojan
Center maybe used for such events on the Troy campus.
of issues. Troy University is committed to protecting the freedom of speech for students, faculty, and
staff, and will not infringe on speech that may be considered to be an unpopular or inconvenient
expression of ideas.
Departments of Education and Justice, ‘arguably the biggest free-speech-on-campus story of the year.’
December 27, 2013
by Timothy Dionisopoulos The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has released a list of the worst colleges in the United States for free speech. In an article on the Huffington Post, FIRE listed the top ten most egregious free speech abuses on campus since March of 2012. DePaul University made the list after the school charged conservative student activist Kristopher Del Campo with multiple violations after he published the names of students who admitted to vandalizing the Young Americans for Freedom’s pro-life display. Troy University was profiled for their restrictive “harassment” policy, which FIRE claimed “prohibits an astonishing amount of protected speech, including almost […]» Read More
November 1, 2005
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) filed a federal lawsuit against Troy University on Monday accusing the school of First Amendment violations by maintaining a restrictive speech code and censoring student artwork two years ago. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys Jim Parkman and William White of Parkman Law Firm in Dothan, and FIRE Legal Network attorneys Gabriel Sterling of Troutman Sanders LLP in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Troy University undergraduate Blake Dews, a senior art major attending Troy’s main campus. In the fall semester of 2003, Dews, an art student, was assigned to create an original […]» Read More
November 1, 2005
ALABAMA — The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against Troy University in Alabama for a speech code FIRE’s President David French called “incompatible with a free society.” The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Blake Dews, a senior art major at Troy’s main campus. In the fall of 2003, he designed a photographic display for an assignment about birth, photographing nude models. The artwork did not meet the definition of obscenity under federal or state law, but several photos were taken off display anyway, FIRE’s press release said. “The photographs in question displayed male […]» Read More
November 1, 2005
An art student sued Troy University on Monday, saying the school violated his free speech rights by censoring his artwork and implementing a campus speech code that unconstitutionally restricts speech. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, contends Troy officials removed portions of Blake Dews’ artwork because it featured female nudity. The university issued a statement defending its decision on Dews’ art. ”The photographs in question displayed male full frontal nudity and the university did not consider the photographs to be consistent with our community ‘s standards,” the statement said. ”This is a matter now under litigation and […]» Read More
October 31, 2005
A Troy University student sued the school Monday claiming his rights of free speech and expression were violated when three photographs of male nudity were removed from a campus exhibit that opened in fall 2003. The suit filed on behalf of Blake Dews, a fine arts and photography senior, challenges the removal of the three photos from a collage of 16 that was part of a class assignment. “The photographs in question displayed male full frontal nudity and the university did not consider the photographs to be consistent with our community ‘s standards,” said university spokesman Tom Davis in a […]» Read More
December 27, 2013
College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas. To close out the year, we at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) want to highlight some of the worst colleges for free speech since March 2012—the last time we published this list. (Our first list, from 2011, is here.) Most of the schools we include in this year’s list are public colleges or universities bound by the First Amendment. But some of […]» Read More
December 26, 2013
Each month, FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible campus speech code for our Speech Code of the Month designation. While all of 2013’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ or faculty members’ right to free expression, two of them were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2013’s Speech Codes of the Year. Troy University Troy, a public university in Alabama, defines harassment (PDF) as “any comments or conduct consisting of words or actions that are unwelcome or offensive to a person in relation to sex, race, age, religion, national origin, color, marital status, pregnancy, or disability or veteran’s status.” This […]» Read More
February 15, 2006
Today’s Inside Higher Ed features an article about an instance of illegal censorship at Troy University in Alabama, which holds the dubious distinction of being one of the targets of FIRE’s Speech Codes Litigation Project because of its unconstitutional speech code. The latest instance of censorship at Troy came last Thursday, when nearly 2,000 out of 3,000 printed copies of the Tropolitan, Troy’s main campus newspaper, were stolen from their distribution sites. Tropolitan staffers surmise that the theft might be connected to the fact that an article in that edition of the paper revealed that university police officers might be […]» Read More
October 31, 2005
It’s probably not such a happy Halloween at Troy University in Alabama. As you may have seen: MONTGOMERY, Ala., October 31, 2005—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) targeted the fifth university in its highly successful Speech Code Litigation project. Attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Troy University in Alabama for violating the First Amendment by maintaining a restrictive speech code and censoring student artwork. FIRE’s continued effort to systematically demolish unconstitutional campus speech restrictions has already tasted victory at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, Texas Tech University, the State University of New York at Brockport, and California’s […]» Read More