Location: Chicago, Illinois
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
University of Illinois at Chicago 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, StatementUse of electronic mail and other network communications facilities to harass, offend, or annoy other users of the network is forbidden. All users need to be aware that obscene, defamatory, or any other material which violates University policy on non-discrimination will not be tolerated at UIC. The University reserves the right to take whatever action it sees as appropriate to prevent, correct, or discipline behavior that violates this policy.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementExamples of conduct that may constitute or support a finding of harassment in
violation of this policy include, but are not limited to, the following types of
behavior: ... * Display of offensive material or objects ... * Innuendo or other suggestive, offensive or derogatory comments or
jokes about sex, gender-specific traits, race or ethnicity
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementA hostile environment may be created through unwelcome, severe or pervasive acts: ... Suggestive comments; Off color jokes; ... Sexually suggestive posts on social media; Facebook pictures with sexual overtones.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementIncluding, but not limited to actions which are considered hazing, unlawful harassment, stalking, or coercion; actions that may cause mental or bodily harm to another person(s) or oneself; conduct that threatens or endangers the safety of others or constitutes physical or psychological abuse or intimidation; or any other inappropriate or disruptive behavior that evidences poor adjustment to the university community.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementFollowing are examples of sexual harassment in higher education: 1) a professor who continually makes jokes of a sexual nature in the classroom ....
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementNo offensive or sexually suggestive language, pictures, graphics or drawings may appear.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementBehavior unbecoming of a UIC student includes, but is not limited to,
uncivilized language such as excessive swearing (particularly when directed
toward another person or office); conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or
indecent; breach of peace; or otherwise reflects poorly upon the UIC
community, is prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementIndividuals and groups planning a demonstration should reserve a location with the Office of Meetings and Conferences and arrange a meeting with the Dean of Students to discuss the event and the anticipated activities so that the University can take measures to prepare for the demonstration and assure public safety, including Campus Police coverage if necessary.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementWe encourage acceptance and appreciation of people regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. Members of our residential community will be held accountable to this standard.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementThe University of Illinois at Chicago, in its role as an academic institution, is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The existence of the free exchange of ideas and the expression of dissent within the University community are indications of intellectual vitality and social awareness.
September 11, 2012
In its 13 years defending free speech on colleges campuses nationwide, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), where I have worked since 2008, has won nearly 250 public victories on behalf of students and faculty. FIRE has been responsible for well over 100 reforms of unconstitutional and illiberal campus speech policies, with the total number of affected students reaching into the millions. Needless to say, in all that time FIRE has seen certain types of violations committed over and over. Now, with the linens and seersucker put away and the new school year officially in business, I thought I would […]» Read More
October 8, 2008
We blogged last week about the Chicago Tribune‘s coverage of FIRE’s letter in defense of political expression at the three University of Illinois (UI) campuses, where a memo circulated by UI’s ethics office banned a wide variety of political expression on campuses—down to the bumper stickers on the cars of UI faculty and staff. Instead of waiting until our usual end-of-the-week media round-up, we wanted to provide a brief update on the continued media exposure to FIRE stemming from UI as the situation has developed. Over the weekend the Associated Press, picking up on the Tribune‘s lead, covered a rally […]» Read More
September 25, 2008
The blogosphere and other media are lighting up in response to a memo circulated to faculty and staff of the University of Illinois by its University Ethics Office. The policy bans a wide variety of political activity on university property, including such research as “surveying or conducting an opinion poll related to anticipating an election outcome” and such activity as “wearing a pin or t-shirt in support of the Democratic Party or Republican Party.” Amazingly, even political bumper stickers run afoul of the policy. Talk about overbroad. While the university has a legitimate interest, as a state actor, in making […]» Read More
May 11, 2005
Stanley Fish, dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, recently discussed Ward Churchill (and other matters) in the Chronicle of Higher Education (dated May 13, 2005). He observed, correctly, “Political persuasion is just not what is supposed to go on in the college classroom, even though it may be going on—and going on legitimately—at the noontime rally or in dormitory bull sessions.” He further noted, correctly, but not going far enough, “It is not the job of a senior administrator either to approve or disapprove of what a faculty member […]» Read More