Location: Springfield, Illinois
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
University of Illinois at Springfield 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
Examples of verbal harassment include sexual innuendoes, sexual remarks about one’s clothing or body, suggestive or insulting sounds, whistling in a suggestive manner, and implied or overt sexual propositions, invitations, or pressure for sex.
Under this policy, sexual harassment also includes “unsolicited, deliberate, or repeated sexually explicit derogatory statements, gestures or physical contacts which are objectionable to the recipient and which cause discomfort or humiliation,” when such conduct is perpetrated by students upon other students, faculty, and/or staff.
Use of language that is perceived to be abusive, discriminatory or intimidating is considered verbal abuse. Students can be held accountable for verbal abuse communicated through forms of oral, written, telephone, or electronic (including email and social media), etc. It is expected that all members of the Res Life Community refrain from abusive language in their interactions with residents, guests, and all University employees in all forms of communication.
All users must refrain from the following activities: … Using computing facilities to send obscene, abusive, threatening, defamatory, or harassing messages.
All demonstrations or peaceful assemblies must be registered with the Office of Student Life at least 48 hours in advance. Standard space reservation procedures must be followed for the use of any University space. Demonstrations or peaceful assemblies are generally defined as any public manifestation of welcome, approval, disapproval, protest, or conscience by a student or groups of students.
Harassment is defined as actions that create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for another individual in both a virtual and actual setting.
The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to remove any unsafe or offensive decorations, and will charge residents for damages resulting from improperly displayed decorations.
Campus residents are expected to respect the rights and property of others. Consequently, behavior or any actions that damage property or disturb others will be considered inappropriate in the Res Life Community. Residents will be held judicially accountable for
any behavior(s) deemed inappropriate by Residence Life Administration.
University of Illinois at Springfield exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general improvement of society. The Campus community has a responsibility to provide for its members those privileges, opportunities, and protections that best promote the pursuit of these goals. Free inquiry, free expression, and free association are indispensable to this effort. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop a capacity for critical thinking and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.
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