Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit
University of Maine – Presque Isle 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: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment includes any unwelcome sexual attention. It can be a repeated behavior or could be one serious incident. It may take the form of sexual jokes or teasing, sexually demeaning remarks, pressure for dates or sex, deliberate touching, pinching, cornering, attempts to fondle or kiss, and requests for sex in exchange for grades, salary raises, or promotions.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment is a form of violence that can result in the intimidation of another student. Even if the harassment is unintentional (e.g., an off-hand comment or joke) it still occurs and will not be tolerated. Harassment is the violation of another's rights; it could be related to sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, personal habits, or even to someone's physique. It can be communicated by actions or in a verbal or written form. The right not to be harassed shall be guarded by the staff and should be honored by all students.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement[T]he door to the room is also considered "public domain" and MAY NOT BE DECORATED ON THE HALL SIDE with any kind of picture or sign except a standard size message board approved by the Resident Director. Any photos, signs, drawings, advertising, pictures, etcetera, that have not been preapproved by the Resident Director will be removed by the maintenance or residence life staff. Note: This policy is not a violation of public right to free speech; it is an authorized and approved method of preventing unsightly and offensive materials in public places.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe following violations indicate categories of conduct or activity which will violate the Code. ... Harassment or intimidation of another person. ... Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
including transgender status or gender expression, national origin or citizenship status,
age, disability, genetic information or veterans status.
November 7, 2006
There is one thing we definitely do not need during a time of war: wimpy Americans. Unfortunately for students at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI), the manly men that enroll as freshmen may graduate a pansy, due to the absurd campus atmosphere of political correctness. As the Foundation for Rights in Education (FIRE) notes on their blog The Torch, UMPI has a remarkably foolish (and not to mention unconstitutional) anti-harassment rule. According to their handbook: Even if the harassment is unintentional (e.g., an off-hand comment or joke) it still occurs and will not be tolerated. Harassment […]» Read More
November 3, 2006
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2006: University of Maine – Presque Isle. The University of Maine – Presque Isle’s (UMPI’s) Residence Hall Guide contains a harassment policy that states: “Even if the harassment is unintentional (e.g., an off-hand comment or joke) it still occurs and will not be tolerated.” As a public university, UMPI cannot prohibit speech that is protected by the First Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court has defined what schools may legitimately prohibit as harassment: conduct “so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively bars the victim’s access to an educational opportunity […]» Read More