University of Kentucky

Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Website: http://www.uky.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Kentucky 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Prohibited Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Punishable disciplinary offenses include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Disorderly, abusive, drunken, violent or excessively noisy behavior or expression.

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  • Regulations Governing Time, Place, and Manner of Meetings, Demonstrations, and Other Assemblies 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The following designations and accompanying regulations pertain to the use of specific categories of University facilities and areas for the purpose of conducting any demonstration, meeting, or assembly. All areas must be utilized in a lawful and orderly manner, and are subject to those restrictions contained in Section A above.

    1. Designated Unrestricted Areas: No reservation is required for utilization of the designated unrestricted areas listed below. However, in unusual circumstances reservation of a designated unrestricted area may be granted by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Lexington Campus at the Vice Chancellor’s discretion.
    1. Free Speech Area: The Free Speech Area is located west of the Student Center and Alumni Gymnasium and bounded by those two buildings, Administration Drive, Limestone Street, and Euclid Avenue.

    The Free Speech Area is available 24 hours per day when the University is officially in session and shall be made available to organizations and groups as defined above, as well to individual members of the University community. Sound amplification will be provided upon request during established operating hours of the Student Center, subject to 30 minutes prior notice necessary for proper hook-up and adjustment. The volume and direction of sound amplification equipment is under the supervision of the Director of the Student Center.
    2. Student Center Patio: The Student Center Patio is available during the established operating hours of the Student Center and when not previously scheduled by the Student Activities Board. Sound amplification will be provided upon request, subject to 30 minutes prior notice necessary for proper hookup and adjustment. The volume and direction of sound amplification equipment is under the supervision of the Director of the Student Center.

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  • Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity: Discrimination and Harassment Procedures 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment becomes a violation of University policy when: … The conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to interfere with an individual’s work, academic or program participation, or creates an environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

    Conduct prohibited under this policy may include, but is not limited to the following:

    Racial Harassment
    • Offensive jokes, slurs, epithets, or name calling
    • Unwelcome remarks attributing an individual’s conduct, habits or lifestyles
    to his/her race or ethnicity
    • Taunting about a person’s race, color or national origin
    • Exclusion because of one’s race or ethnic background
    • The production and distribution of hate literature

    Other Forms of Harassment
    • Physical threats
    • Intimidation, ridicule or mockery
    • Insulting words or slogans
    • Offensive objects or pictures • Conduct that interferes with or limits the ability to participate in or benefit
    from services or privileges provided by the University.

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  • Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity: Discrimination and Harassment Procedures 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature and becomes a violation of University policy when: … such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to interfere with an individual’s work, academic or program participation, or creates an environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

    Conduct prohibited under this policy may include, but is not limited to the following:

    Sexual Harassment
    • Sexual or physical assault
    • Unwelcome physical contact such as touching
    • Direct solicitation of sexual activity
    • Sex-related behavior accompanied by promise of reward or threat of
    punishment
    • Unwelcome sexual remarks about a person’s clothing or body
    • Offensive sexual questions, jokes, anecdotes and stories
    • Display of sexually offensive posters, pictures, words or messages
    • Introduction of sexually explicit material into the classroom or workplace
    without an educational or work-related purpose.

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  • Regulations Governing the Use of Facilities by Registered Student Organizations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The area west of the Alumni Gymnasium between Limestone Street and the Alumni Gymnasium is designated an open discussion area. In this area, any registered student organization may for a period not to exceed two hours conduct an open discussion or other program without complying with the reservation format stated above.

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  • The Official Guide to Living on Campus: Rules of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Individual or group activities that result in disturbance or distress to others.

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Green Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Right of Free Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    A student has the right to engage in discussion, to exchange thought and opinion, to speak, write, or print freely on any subject, and to join associations in accordance with the guarantees of federal or state constitutions.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Freedom from Discrimination/Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    All students shall be free from sexual harassment by University faculty, staff, and students. Sexual harassment–a form of sex discrimination–includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical actions of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the student’s status in a course, program or activity; or is used as a basis for academic or other decisions affecting such student; or when such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment.

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  • U. Kentucky’s speech codes drown our freedom of expression

    February 1, 2006

    by Andrew Martin Kentucky Kernel   College administrators beware: Any attempt to quash the constitutionally protected rights of students could spark FIRE – that is, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.The catalyst for its founding came in 1998 when a book by University of Pennsylvania history professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston attorney Harvey A. Silverglate, “The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses,” provoked impassioned pleas from students who were denied their constitutional rights on campus. In response, Kors and Silverglate two started FIRE, a non-partisan, non-profit educational foundation in Philadelphia, to protect students from subversive […]

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  • FIRE’s Will Creeley Heads to Kentucky to Speak at UK, EKU

    April 1, 2013

    Tomorrow, FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley heads to the Bluegrass State to discuss student rights at the University of Kentucky (UK) and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). At both schools, Creeley will examine the state of the law on freedom of speech on today’s college campuses, discussing the decades of legal precedent upholding First Amendment protections on college campuses, common restrictions on student and faculty speech, and shocking instances of censorship on campus. Creeley will also answer questions about how students can best protect their rights and the limited exceptions to freedom of expression. For those of […]

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  • Know Your Rights: Kentucky Student Videotapes Search of Dormitory

    December 13, 2012

    On Monday, a University of Kentucky student posted a video on YouTube that showed him berating some police officers who entered his dormitory, according to Photography is Not a Crime. Warning: the video includes profanity. According to Tyler Kingkade of The Huffington Post, the University of Kentucky has now fired the police officer in question, which makes it look like the student was pretty clearly in the right to object to the search. But why? To answer that, we need to address a few questions. First, what Fourth Amendment rights do students have in their public university dormitories? Kentucky courts haven’t reached […]

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  • Did Somebody Say ‘Gazongas’? You’re Busted!

    August 22, 2012

    There’s a movement afoot in state legislatures to ban employers and universities from demanding control of or monitoring the social media accounts of their students or employees. One such bill specifically aimed at students unanimously passed the California Senate yesterday. Advocates of these laws justifiably worry that, when students are required to provide their usernames to their schools—and sometimes even to turn over the passwords to their accounts—universities are infringing on students’ expressive rights and invading student privacy. This kind of monitoring has caught on quickest in the case of student athletes. The University of Kentucky (UK) and University of […]

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  • ‘Inside Higher Ed’ on Rash of Newspaper Thefts; Latest at University of Kentucky

    November 15, 2006

    Another week, another newspaper theft on campus. Inside Higher Ed reports today that 4,500 copies of the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, were stolen on Monday, becoming the latest example of a disturbing trend on campus.  As Tara reported just last Thursday, newspaper thefts have occurred in the past few weeks at Stetson University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Weber State University—and that’s not even counting the newspaper burning held at Dartmouth.      The motivation for the latest theft is presumed to be Kernel editor Megan Boehnke’s story on the deaths of two University of […]

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  • Stealing the news

    November 15, 2006

    At least 4,500 copies of the student newspaper at the University of Kentucky were reported stolen Monday, the same day a controversial story appeared breaking news of toxicology reports that revealed two students who died earlier this semester had blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit. The incident was the latest in what has been an uptick in student newspaper thefts this fall – so far this academic year, 12 different cases have been reported to the Student Press Law Center, compared to a total of 19 thefts reported throughout the entire 2005-6 school year, according to the […]

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