Location: Conway, Arkansas
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
University of Central Arkansas 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
LiveJournal are public and open
communication. Communications on such sites will not be policed by
housing officials, but can be turned in to housing officials when they are
seen as derogatory or harassing in nature.
Creating, transmitting, executing, or storing malicious, threatening,
harassing, obscene, or abusive messages, images, programs, or
not limited to, racial and sexual harassment, attempting or threatening
to strike, kick or otherwise subject another person to physical contact;
making an offensive coarse utterance, gesture, or display; addressing
abusive language to any person; following a person in or about a
public place or places; making threatening, obscene or disparaging
remarks directed at another individual on Facebook, MySpace or other
internet site; or engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly
committing acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person.
Chapel, not to exceed fifty (50) feet in any direction, is hereby designated as
a limited public forum. On a first-come, first-served basis individuals or
organizations may utilize this designated forum for free speech purposes
without registration, 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. However, no
amplification equipment may be used and no structure(s) may be erected.
All other areas of the campus must be scheduled for such use and
approved by the university.
any of the following is subject to university disciplinary action: ... Disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, violent, noisy, or
drunken behavior, and the use of abusive or obscene language on
university controlled property or while representing the University, or
attending a university function.
... Showing disrespect to university officials while carrying out their
assigned duties. Disrespect may involve acts of violence or threatening
violence including, but not limited to, physically striking or making
verbal or written threats; inciting others to violence; interfering with
official duties; failure to follow directives; and/or intimidation or
harassing behavior including, but not limited to, invading personal
space, yelling, screaming, yelling obscenities or making obscene
orientation, or age may have the same impact as sexual harassment. In the absence of
other policies addressing these specific issues, the university encourages the use of the
steps and procedures in this policy in reporting other types of harassment and will generally
conduct investigations of those complaints in the same manner.
July 9, 2013
In a victory for free speech on campus, the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) has promised to eliminate a speech code that FIRE identified as our “Speech Code of the Month” for July 2013. The promise comes just days after FIRE Director of Speech Code Research Samantha Harris challenged the policy on FIRE’s website, writing that the code is overly broad and violates the First Amendment, which UCA—as a public university—must uphold. FIRE defines a “speech code” as any university regulation or policy that prohibits expression that would be protected by the First Amendment in society at large. Each month, […]» Read More