University of Alabama at Birmingham

Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Website: http://www.uab.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Alabama at Birmingham 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

  • UAB Information Technology: Policy Violations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Creating, displaying, or transmitting threatening, racist, sexist, or harassing language and/or materials.

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  • Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    In keeping with its commitment to maintaining an environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and in keeping with its legal obligations, UAB prohibits unlawful harassment (and discouraging conduct that, while not unlawful, could reasonably be considered unwelcome).

    Under the law, sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments or conduct of a socially acceptable nature. Nor does it refer to the use of materials or discussion related to sex and/or gender for scholarly purposes appropriate to the academic context.  It does refer to non-academic remarks or actions of a sexual nature that are not welcome and are likely to be viewed as personally offensive.  This can include but is not limited to any of the following activities that are unwelcome by the recipient: physical or verbal advances; sexual flirtations; propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; vulgar talk or jokes; degrading graphic materials or verbal comments of a sexual nature about an individual or his or her appearance; the display of sexually suggestive objects outside a scholarly context and purpose; and physical contact of a sexual or particularly personal nature. 

    UAB’s policy prohibits discriminatory harassment of a non-sexual nature, which includes verbal, physical, or graphic conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability unrelated to job performance, veteran status, genetic or family medical history, or other status protected by applicable law and that

    * Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment; or
    * Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or a student’s academic performance. … Prohibited behavior may, for example, include conduct or material (physical, oral, written, or graphic, including e-mail messages, text messaging or use of social media posted or circulated in the community) involving epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts, that serves no scholarly purpose appropriate to the academic context and gratuitously denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability unrelated to program performance, veteran status, genetic or family medical history, or any factor protected by applicable law.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Organization Policies: On-Campus Demonstrations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Student demonstrations on the UAB campus, which by their nature may interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic or other activities, shall require prior notification to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Non-Academic misconduct may include, but is not limited to the following: … Other behaviors which are inappropriate in an educational environment.

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  • Student Handbook: UAB Commitment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience

    I will strive to build an inclusive community at UAB. I believe that every student, faculty member & staff has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth. I will work to ensure that my behavior and my actions do not harass or make fun of anyone due to their race, gender, culture, faith, class, sexual orientation or any other difference. Although I know I am not perfect and I will make mistakes, I believe that it is my responsibility to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination. I believe I have the power to build an inclusive UAB!

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Threatening or causing physical harm, verbal abuse, intimidation, coercion, retaliation, bullying or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of any member of the student body, faculty, staff, group or visitor to the university.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Respect for Persons 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    2.  The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life respects and celebrates the diversity of its residents. Acts of intolerance and/or harassment due to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, religion, disability, or sexual orientation are neither appropriate nor tolerated.

    3.  Residents will refrain from harassment and verbal abuse of other residents, which includes, but is not limited, to harassment and verbal abuse through the internet.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is defined as an attempt made to threaten another person(s) physically, emotionally or mentally by using verbal language, or electronic communication, including, but not limited to, text messaging and social networking sites.

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Green Light Policies
  • Non-Academic Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment. Violations include, but are not limited to:

    1. Any act, display, or communication that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her personal safety. This includes, but is not limited to, physical coercion and/or restraint.
    2. Any act, display or communication that causes substantial injury and/or distress on the part of the person or persons to whom it is specifically directed that results in the individual being deprived of educational activities or opportunities.
    3. Any attempt to willfully and repeatedly make contact with a person over his/her stated objections, when such contact serves no legitimate purpose.

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome, sex or gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is, sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it, has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s education program and/or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham exists to educate its students, to advance, preserve and disseminate knowledge through research and scholarship, and to advance the interests and the welfare of society as a whole. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

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  • Troy art student sues after nude photos banned

    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 […]

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