Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
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.
Regulations Governing Time, Place, and Manner of Meetings, Demonstrations, and Other Assemblies 12-13The 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.
Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity: Discrimination and Harassment Procedures 12-13Conduct prohibited under this policy may include, but is not limited to the
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.
Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity: Discrimination and Harassment Procedures 12-13Sexual 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.
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.
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 […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More
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 […]» Read More