Location: , Ohio
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
University of Akron 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual
misconduct includes but is not limited to: ... Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that
expressly or implicitly imposes conditions upon, threatens,
interferes with, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or
demeaning environment for an individual’s:
(i) Academic pursuits;
(ii) University employment;
(iii) Participation in activities sponsored by the
university or organizations or groups related to the
(iv) Opportunities to benefit from other aspects of
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementIf the university provides the funds or facilities or lends its
name to the various news media, it may have to bear legal
and financial responsibility for the content and operation of
the publications and of the programs of the radio stations.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementEngaging in or threatening physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats,
intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which
intentionally or recklessly threatens or endangers the health,
welfare or safety of any person.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is sexual conduct that is "unwelcome." It may
include, but is not limited to:
(a) Uninvited verbal harassment or abuse such as sexual name
calling, jokes, spreading sexual rumors, leers, or overly
personal conversations of a sexual nature ....
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementTheft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including
but not limited to: ... Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene
or abusive messages.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementUniversity students are both citizens and members of the university
community. As citizens they enjoy the same rights such as
freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and right of petition, and
the same obligations as other citizens ....
October 18, 2012
UNLEARNING LIBERTY: CAMPUS CENSORSHIP AND THE END OF AMERICAN DEBATEBy Greg LukianoffEncounter Books, $25.99, 294 pages “Although I disagree with every word you say, I shall defend to the death your right to say it.” This stirring proclamation by Voltaire could have been said by Thomas Jefferson — or any of his associates — since free speech, a mainstay of 18th-century Enlightenment, fueled the American Revolution and is incorporated in our Constitution. In the first half of the previous century, a common phrase was “It’s a free country; I can say what I want.” That phrase is not so common today, but free speech is […]» Read More
March 13, 2006
By John Higgins at The Beacon Journal A Summit County jury found Charles Plinton not guilty of selling drugs to a confidential informant in 2004. A few weeks later, a University of Akron disciplinary board found him “responsible” for “selling drugs to a confidential informant.” The difference between those two words — guilty and responsible — may not sound meaningful to the average person. But it’s a distinction that begins to explain the secretive world of college justice in which campus committees may re-try the facts of serious crimes after criminal courts have already decided them. Critics see the hearings […]» Read More
March 13, 2006
Today, John Higgins of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal takes a long and critical look at campus courts in two articles, one about the practices of campus courts in general and one about a University of Akron student who, although acquitted of drug trafficking in court, was convicted of it by a campus court and subsequently killed himself. The articles should send chills up the spine of any person who believes that justice is safe on America’s campuses. In both articles, Higgins presents the story of University of Akron student Charles Plinton, who was charged but acquitted of selling […]» Read More