Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
University of Arkansas – Fayetteville 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: Harassment Policies, StatementWritten or visual sexual harassment may occur when the following types of materials are directed to a specific individual or when people cannot reasonably avoid seeing them (the list is not inclusive):
* pictures or drawings of a sexual nature;
* sexually derogatory pin ups, posters, cartoons, magazines, or calendars;
* messages, words, comments, rhymes, or other writing of a sexually derogatory or suggestive nature.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementNo one shall use the University's computing and network resources to: (a) harass or threaten another person, including but not limited to, by conveying obscene language or images or threats of bodily harm; (b) repeatedly contact another person to harass, whether or not any actual message is communicated, and the recipient has expressed a desire for the contact to cease; (c) repeatedly contact another person regarding a matter for which one does not have a legal right to communicate (such as debt collection), once the recipient has provided reasonable notice that he or she desires such contact to cease; (d) disrupt or damage the academic, research, administrative, or related pursuits of another person; or (e) invade the privacy, academic or otherwise, of another person or threaten such an invasion.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementMaterials that discriminate against any member of the University community or visitors on the campus through advertising of offensive behavior or events of a form of biased or prejudiced nature related to one's personal characteristics, such as race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation will not be allowed.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual Harassment: Unwelcome comments or conduct based on gender that creates an intimidating or offensive working, learning, or living environment and that represents substantial interference with the rights or opportunities of the victim. Such conduct includes but is not limited to: ... The use of phone, email or any other method designed to relay messages or materials of a sexual nature that are unwanted by the recipient.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementDisorderly conduct including ... uses abusive or obscene language or makes obscene gestures ....
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementIf (1) an event is expected to have 500 or more people in attendance; or
(2) if a security assessment is requested by a university official; or (3) if, in the opinion of the
organizer, the event might require security, then, in all such instances, the organizer must contact
the Director of UAPD or the Director’s designee at least three business days prior to the event to
enable an assessment of potential security needs, including estimated costs to the organizer.
UAPD must certify that this review has been completed prior to University approval of the space
reservation. If the Director or his designee recommends that security be provided for the event,
UAPD will provide a brief description of the expected arrangements and estimated costs; such
costs shall be the responsibility of the event organizer as a condition of approval of the
reservation, along with any other required costs.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementDiscrimination against any member of the University community or visitor, or in connection with any University activity through offensive behavior of a biased or prejudicial nature related to an individual's personal characteristics, such as race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementNo great university is merely a reflection of the society in which it exists. It is a place where truth is freely sought, where inquiry is encouraged, where new ideas and new ways may develop and flourish at the expense of the old. It is a seedbed of change in an ever-changing society. An academic community grows only when its members may act and express themselves freely and without fear.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment, abuse, coercion, or threatens by means other than the use or threatened use of physical force. Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct that is severe and pervasive and substantially interferes with the learning, working, or living environment, and which would detrimentally affect a reasonable person under the circumstances. Harassment is extreme, outrageous, or persistent acts or communications that are intended or reasonably likely to harass, intimidate, or humiliate another.
January 21, 2007
A recent report by a First Amendment advocacy group criticizes the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and schools nationwide for restricting speech on college campuses. The nonprofit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, based in Philadelphia, called suppression of First Amendment rights at U.S. colleges and universities a “national scandal.” The group gave UA and 228 other institutions across the country its “red light” ranking – the lowest mark – in the report “Spotlight on Speech Codes 2006: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses.” “Red light” institutions have “at least one policy that clearly […]» Read More
January 26, 2007
An editorial in Wednesday’s edition of The Traveler, the University of Arkansas’ (UA’s) student newspaper, reported that some members of the paper’s editorial staff reacted to the school’s “red light” ranking in FIRE’s “Spotlight on Speech Codes 2006: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses,” with little more than an “apathetic shrug.” The reason for the indifference was not that the student editors don’t care about UA’s unconstitutional policies concerning speech. They do. As they describe themselves, The Traveler’s staff is a “terribly proud group, always ready to thrust our flaming pens of truth into the air and […]» Read More