Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
University of Alaska Anchorage 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
Users agree that they will not use any information resource to transmit or post the following content:
Statements that are bigoted, hateful or racially offensive;
Material that contains vulgar or obscene language or images …
Content related to partisan political activities ….
Sexual harassment may refer to any unwelcome sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. … Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature; rather, it is unwelcome and personally offensive behavior that is detrimental to morale.
Sexual harassment may include:
* Inappropriate jokes
* Inappropriate comments
* Unwelcome pressures for dates
* Touching, cornering, and pinching
* Attempts to kiss or fondle
It is the responsibility of faculty and staff to behave in such a manner that their words or actions cannot reasonably be perceived as sexually coercive, abusive, or exploitative. Sexual harassment also can occur in relationships among equals as when repeated
unwelcome advances, demeaning verbal behavior, or offensive physical contact interfere with an individual’s ability to work or study productively.
a. physical or verbal abuse;
b. sexual harassment;
c. intimidation; or
d. other conduct, including hazing, which unreasonably interferes with or creates a hostile or offensive learning, living, or working environment.
An environment of free and honest inquiry is essential to the functioning and the mission of the university. The board and the university therefore acknowledge, affirm, and espouse the right of freedom of speech as guaranteed in the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Alaska. The essential purpose of the university is to engage in the pursuit of truth, the advancement of learning and the dissemination of knowledge. To achieve this purpose, all members of the university must be assured of the constitutionally protected right to question, speculate, and comment, as well as the right to criticize the university and society at large.
The university will not limit or abridge any individual’s constitutional right to free speech.
Students, as well as other members of the university community, enjoy the same constitutional and civil rights guaranteed all citizens …. The rights of free speech and peaceable assembly are fundamental to the democratic process. The University supports the rights of students of the University community to express their views and opinions on actions or ideas, to associate freely with others, and to assemble peacefully.
December 18, 2009
In October, FIRE reported on a controversy at the University of Alaska, where Professor Richard Steiner was removed from a $10,000 research grant administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Steiner filed a grievance against UA, charging that the university had removed him from the grant at NOAA’s urging, in retaliation for criticisms he had made about the oil industry. UA rejected Steiner’s allegations. As Will wrote here: From FIRE’s perspective, Steiner’s case is troubling and complex. Troubling, because it seems uncontested by either the NOAA or UA that the funding was removed from Steiner as a result […]» Read More