Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
University of Alabama in Huntsville 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: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement
Distribution by a University person is generally limited to the entrances to Spragins Hall and the Fitness Center and to the east entrances and main lobby/foyer area of the University Center.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Harassment. Subjecting a person to physical contact or directing language or a gesture that is abusive or obscene toward a person, with the intent to harass.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
Conduct that is disorderly or that breaches the peace on or off campus. The essential element to such conduct shall be an intentional causing of or recklessly creating a risk of inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm without proper authority.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
Use of electronic resources to send obscene, harassing or abusive messages to any person.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
Outdoor request forms are available from room 110 in the University Center; All completed requests must be submitted 10 business days prior to the event …. Submitting a request does not a guarantee event will be approved.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Discrimination, under this policy, shall be understood to include harassment carried out through unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct directed at one or more individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, citizenship, genetic information or status as a covered veteran.
With regards to students, such harassment is unlawful when it unreasonably interferes with or limits the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or privileges provided by the educational institution. A violation also occurs when, through such harassment, an educational institution has created or is responsible for a hostile learning environment so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it adversely affects the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the institution’s educational program.
Sexual harassment, in addition and more specifically, includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and is directed toward a person on the basis of that person’s sex. It may take one of two generally recognized forms. … [H]ostile environment harassment occurs when the conduct is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s performance as an employee or student or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working/learning environment. Examples of actions that might be deemed to create a hostile environment based on sex could include flirtation, vulgar language, sexually suggestive jokes, touching of a sexual nature, displaying or distributing sexually explicit materials, etc
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies
The University reserves the right to remove anything from the exterior of your residence unit (including suite door), or from the interior if visible from the outside, which in its judgment is considered to create an unsightly or offensive appearance, and/or creates a hazardous condition.
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