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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

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

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  • Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

    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 12-13

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

    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 12-13

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

    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.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment of any type will not be tolerated. This includes
    harassment of residents, visitors/guests, and University personnel in any medium, including, but not limited to, social networking websites. For further information on UAB’s Policy on Sexual
    Harassment and Sexual Assault look in the Student Handbook,
    Direction. Harassing, threatening, intimidating, and/or verbally
    abusing anyone is not tolerated in the residence halls and is
    grounds for disciplinary action.

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Green Light Policies
  • Non-Academic Student Conduct 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment. Violations include, but are not limited to:
    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.
    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.
    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual harassment of any person, defined as any unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits or deprives someone of the ability to participate in or benefit from the University's educational program and/or activities and is based on power differentials, the creation of a hostile environment or retaliation.

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    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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