Tulane University

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Website: http://www.tulane.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Tulane 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.

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Red Light Policies

Yellow Light Policies
  • Tulane University Posting, Advertising & Solicitation Policies: Housing and Residence Life Posting Policies 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Students are free to post signs, artwork, advertisements, etc. in good taste on the exterior side
    of the door to their individual room. Resident Advisors may ask students with inappropriate postings
    on their doors to remove them.

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  • Student Organizations Policies and Procedures: Campus Demonstrations Guidelines 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Tulane affiliates must notify the Vice President of Student Affairs/Office of Student Programs of plans to
    demonstrate on campus as soon as possible but at least two days prior to the demonstration. Only Tulane
    affiliates in good standing may file a request. For the purpose of these Guidelines, "demonstration" or "protest" means an event requiring the presence of one or more persons in a University location with the intent to
    express a particular point of view in a manner that attracts attention, as in rallies, sit-ins, vigils, or similar forms
    of expression and include, but are not limited to, all campus events which may give rise to safety concerns,
    and/or any other behavior or conduct which possibly disrupts the University learning environment or Tulane’s
    business operations.

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  • Tulane University’s Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedure 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:
    ...
    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for a romantic or sexual relationship to an individual who indicates or has indicated in any
    way that such conduct is unwelcome, propositions, or other sexual comments, such as sexually-oriented gestures, noises, remarks,
    jokes, questions, or comments about a person's sexuality or sexual experience directed at or made in the presence of any individual.

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  • Tulane University Posting, Advertising & Solicitation Policies: Distribution/Solicitation 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    The distribution (handing out to
    passers-by) of noncommercial, informational materials is allowed outside campus buildings only by
    recognized student organizations, university departments, and Tulane affiliates, all of whom must
    receive prior approval by the Office of University Services (106 Reily).

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  • Tulane University Posting, Advertising & Solicitation Policies: General Posting Guidelines 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    The Office of University Services reserves the right to reject publicity material if it is
    deemed inappropriate or if it fails to comply with the university guidelines.

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Green Light Policies
  • Tulane University’s Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedure 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Academic freedom and freedom of expression include but are not limited to the expression of ideas,
    however, controversial, in the classroom setting, academic environment, University-recognized activities, or on the campus.
    Nothing contained in this policy shall be construed to limit the legitimate exercise of free speech, including but not limited
    to written, graphic or verbal expression that can reasonably be demonstrated to serve legitimate educational or artistic
    purposes, nor shall this policy be construed to infringe upon the academic or artistic freedom of any member of the
    University. Artistic expression in the classroom, studio, gallery and theater merits the same protection of academic freedom
    that is accorded to other scholarly and teaching activities.

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  • Tulane University’s Equal Opportunity, Harassment, and Anti-Discrimination Policy and Procedure 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment, other than sexual harassment, is verbal, physical, written, or other conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or
    aversion to an individual on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veterans status,
    sexual orientation, marital status, or any basis prohibited by law when from the objective standpoint of a reasonable person
    such conduct substantially interferes with an individual's work or school performance, creating an intimidating, hostile or
    offensive working or learning environment even if the person engaging in the conduct does not intend to interfere, intimidate,
    or be hostile or offensive. Harassment based on any of the characteristics listed above is strictly prohibited by this policy.
    The conduct must be sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates a hostile or abusive educational or working
    environment.

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  • Free speech at Louisiana universities? It’s never too late to start: James Varney

    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 […]

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  • Compelling ‘Civility’

    June 1, 2012

    Earlier this week, an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) discussed the growing popularity on college campuses of programs aimed at promoting civility. While one might reasonably ask whether there is a connection between exorbitant tuition rates, administrative bloat, and programs such as the “transformational, saturation approach” civility projects discussed in the article, there is no problem from an individual rights standpoint with colleges promoting civility. The individual rights problem, which the article barely even hints at, is that a large number of colleges and universities actually compel civility rather than simply encouraging it.  The article focuses […]

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  • ‘Tulane Hullabaloo’ on Tulane’s Speech Codes

    February 3, 2012

    Today, the editorial board of The Tulane Hullabaloo, the student paper at Tulane University, has written an editorial in support of FIRE’s analysis of Tulane’s “red light” policies. The piece quotes FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley and calls for the university to promote free speech on campus. The editorial board writes, in part: “There’s the concern that it’s very difficult to define what is ‘inappropriate’”… Shibley said. “Those are definitions that depend on the opinion of the person you ask, and what’s inappropriate to somebody might not be to their friend or roommate.” Efforts to create a positive campus […]

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  • See No Evil: Tulane Students Vote to Ban Gossip Site ‘CollegeACB’

    May 7, 2010

    Torch readers will remember the controversy surrounding JuicyCampus.com, the much-reviled gossip website that was a frequent target of calls for banishment from university networks on the basis of the often salacious, sometimes malicious comments posted to it by students. JuicyCampus folded on February 4, 2009, but its spirit lives on in the form of CollegeACB.com. CollegeACB touts itself as existing on a higher plane than its predecessor; a site that “consistently hosts a higher level of discourse—while still making room for the occasional gossip post.” Nonetheless, at Tulane University, CollegeACB has become enough of a concern among the student body […]

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  • Tulane University Contemplates Adopting ‘Preponderance of Evidence’ Standard for Student Judiciary Affairs

    December 2, 2009

    Tulane University’s Student Affairs Committee recently voted to pass a revised Student Code of Conduct that, among other measures, would lower the standard of evidence in student disciplinary matters from one of “clear and convincing evidence” to a “preponderance of evidence.” As the Tulane student newspaper The Hullabaloo reports, the new Code of Conduct still needs to pass through the Faculty Senate and the University Senate, and be approved by Tulane President Scott Cowen’s cabinet, before taking effect. However, as it currently stands, the revised Code of Conduct would deal a major blow to students’ due process rights. Coupled with […]

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  • Advocacy group ‘red flags’ Tulane’s free speech policy

    March 28, 2008

    Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a student rights advocacy group, is asking Tulane University President Scott Cowen to clarify the university’s policy on free expression. In a letter sent via mail and facsimile, the Philadelphia-based organization states that Tulane maintains “vague and seemingly contradictory” statements about the limit of students’ free speech rights on campus. “The University encourages the free exchange of ideas and opinions, but insists that the free expression of views must be made with respect for the human dignity and freedom of others,” according to Tulane’s Student Code of Conduct. “All individuals and/or groups of the […]

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