Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
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.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementCreating, displaying, or transmitting threatening, racist, sexist, or harassing language and/or materials.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementUAB’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.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementStudent 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, StatementI will strive to build an
inclusive community at
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
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,
I believe I have the
power to build an
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementThreatening 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementThe 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment. 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual 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.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementThe 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.
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