University of Memphis

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Website: http://www.memphis.edu
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Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

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  • University of Memphis: Student Newspaper Budget Cut Over Content

    August 31, 2012

    In May 2012, the University of Memphis’ Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) reduced funding for the student newspaper The Daily Helmsman by $25,000, a one-third decrease from the campus publication’s previous funding levels. After concerns were raised about the cuts, SAFAC chair and Dean of Students Stephen H. Petersen questioned “whether the paper is really serving the students of the campus,” and SAFAC member and Student Government Association President Tyler DeWitt made similar content-based statements as reported in the press. FIRE wrote to UM President Shirley C. Raines in August 2011, explaining how the funding cuts violated the Helmsman’s First Amendment […]

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Not Rated Policies
  • University of Memphis Policy Manual – Policy No. 1:2A:12:04 [Harassment - Sexual or Racial]

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    I. Policy

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    In both obvious and subtle ways, even a suggestion of sexual or racial harassment is destructive to individual students, faculty, staff, and the academic community as a whole.

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    A. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one of the following criteria is met:

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    3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or educational experience or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment.

    B. Sexual harassment encompasses any sexual attention that is unwanted and can take many forms, but most sexual harassment falls into three categories: verbal, visual, and physical. The examples listed above are not exclusive, but simply represent
    types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment. Some examples of behavior or conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

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    3. Suggestive or inappropriate communications, e-mail, notes, letters, or other written materials displaying objects or pictures which are sexual in nature that would create hostile or offensive work or living environments

    4. Sexual innuendoes, comments, and remarks about a person's clothing, body or activities

    5. Suggestive or insulting sounds

    6. Whistling in a suggestive manner

    7. Humor and jokes about sex that denigrate men or women

    8. Sexual propositions, invitations, or pressure for sexual activity

    9. Implied or overt sexual threats

    10. Suggestive or obscene gestures

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  • University of Memphis Policy Manual – Policy No. 1:2A:12:04 [Harassment - Sexual or Racial]

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    I. Policy

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    D. Generally, racial harassment is defined as any person's conduct which unreasonably interferes with an employee's or student's status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, or national origin, includes offensive or demeaning treatment of an individual, where such treatment is based typically on prejudiced stereotypes of a group to which that individual may belong. It includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, or other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual because of his/her race, color, or national origin. Title VII requires employers to take prompt action to prevent individuals from expressing their opinions in a way which abuses or offends their coworkers.

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  • University of Memphis Policy Manual – Policy No. 1:2B:01:01 [Academic Freedom]

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    First of all, freedom to teach the truth as he sees it is the
    privilege and responsibility of the teacher, without which there is no hope of sound education. This is the heart of education's
    guarantee for freedom and the guarantee against totalitarian threat to the democratic way of life. This does not preclude special arrangements between institutions and teachers, nor is this to be interpreted to mean that one has the right to be protected by this principle if he teaches the overthrow of the principle or of the system out of which it springs.

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  • Tennessee Board of Regents – Policy 3:01:10:00 [Off-Campus Speakers]

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

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  • Residence Life Community Creed

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

    As a member of the Residence Life Community. . [sic]

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    will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions,

    will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development.

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  • Tennessee Board of Regents – Policy 3:02:00:01 [General Regulations on Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions]

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    II. Disciplinary Offenses

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    B. Individual or organizational misconduct which is subject to disciplinary sanction shall include but not be limited to the following examples:

    1. Conduct dangerous to others. Any conduct which constitutes a serious danger to any person's health, safety or personal well-being, including any physical abuse or immediate threat of abuse;

    2. Hazing. Any act of hazing of any variety by an individual or group;

    3. Disorderly conduct. Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs other groups or individuals;

    4. Obstruction of or interference with institutional or school activities or facilities. Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any institutional or school activity, program, event, or facilities, including the following:

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    14. Unacceptable conduct in hearings. Any conduct at an institutional or school hearing involving contemptuous, disrespectful, or disorderly behavior, or the giving of false testimony or other evidence at any hearing;

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  • Tennessee Board of Regents – Policy 3:02:02:00 [Policy on Use of Campus Property and Facilities]

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    IV. GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR USE OF PROPERTY OR FACILITIES

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    (3) Sound amplification equipment may be used by groups, organizations and individuals at assemblies, meetings and demonstrations only when prior approval has been granted by the appropriate official of the institution or school; provided, however, that such sound amplification is subject to reasonable regulation by the institution or school with respect to time, place, manner and volume.

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    V. GENERAL PROCEDURE - APPLICATION FOR USE OF PROPERTY OR FACILITIES

    (1) Regular or special meetings of affiliated groups or organizations may be planned and scheduled according to procedures established by this policy, or according to procedures established by the individual institution or school. All other gatherings at a central location on campus property which are sponsored or instigated by affiliated groups, organizations or individuals may be permitted without prior registration only at such times and locations as may be designated by the president of the institution or the director of the area school, or his or her designee.

    (2) Any affiliated group, organization or individual desiring to use campus property or facilities at any time, and/or location other than those designated pursuant to paragraph (1) above, and all non-affiliated groups, organizations or individuals desiring use of campus property or facilities must submit a written application for registration of the proposed activity at least fourteen (14) days in advance (excluding weekends and holidays) to the appropriate official at the institution or school; provided, however, that the president of the institution or director of the area school, or his or her designee, may approve applications for registration filed at a later time upon such official's determination that the use of property requested can be reasonably accommodated and that adequate cause exists for late filing of the application for registration. Approval of late applications shall be within the sole discretion of the president of the institution or the director of the area school, or his or her designee. The decision of such official is final. Applications shall be submitted on a form designated by the Chancellor of the Board of Regents, or his or her designee.

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    (4) No assembly, meeting, demonstration or other activity shall be authorized or permitted on any property or in any building or facility, and an application for registration may be denied when:

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    (c) The applicant or sponsor of the activity has not fully provided accurate or complete information required on the application for registration.

    (d) The applicant or sponsor of the activity has been responsible for violation of subparagraphs (a), (b) or (c) above during a previously registered use of campus property or facilities, or has violated any conditions or assurances specified in a previous registration application and the institution or school has reasonable cause to believe such violation will reoccur.

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    (h) The activity creates or would create a danger, or dangerous condition impacting on the health, safety, and welfare of others;

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    (6) Affiliated and non-affiliated groups, organizations, or individuals may sell or distribute literature only in conjunction with their authorized presence on campus after such proposed sale or distribution has been registered with and approved by the appropriate official of the institution or school as specified in paragraph (2) above. Any application for registration shall include, but not be limited to the name of the applicant; the name of the organization, if any; the date, time, duration and location of the proposed sale or distribution; and, the number of participants, and shall be on a form which has been designated by the Chancellor of the Board of Regents, or his or her designee.

    (7) Applications for registration by affiliated and non-affiliated groups, organizations or individuals required in paragraph (6) above to distribute or sell literature shall be denied in the event that: [...] 6) the activity would constitute a violation of applicable law or regulation, or any other provision of this policy.


    VI. PARTICULAR USES

    (1) Political Use

    (a) The use of campus property or facilities for speaking engagements by candidates for political office or for other political activities whether at the request of an affiliated or non-affiliated group, organization or individual shall be subject to the registration requirements and procedures specified above and shall be subject to the regulations of the institution or school concerning other types of meetings or activities on campus property or in campus facilities.

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    (c) No campaign posters, signs or other items of campaign or political advertising may be placed on campus property or facilities, except as specified in subparagraphs (d) and (e) below.

    (d) Students may place campaign posters, signs or other items of campaign or political advertising, whether pertaining to a campus or general election within his/her dormitory residence provided such placement is made in such a way as to not damage or destroy campus property.

    (e) Affiliated and non-affiliated groups, organizations or individuals, with the exception of state employees, may place campaign posters, signs or other items of campaign or political advertising, whether pertaining to a campus or general election, on bulletin boards or other locations on campus specifically designated for such use by the institution or school. Any distribution of such material may be made only subsequent to the registration and approval process.

    (2) Religious Use

    (a) Campus property and facilities may be utilized by affiliated groups or organizations for the purpose of religious worship or evangelical activities subject to the specified registration requirements and procedures.

    (b) Non-affiliated groups, organizations and individuals may utilize campus property and facilities on a temporary basis for the purpose of religious worship or evangelical activities subject to the specified registration requirements and procedures.

    (3) Literature Distribution or Sale

    (a) Any proposed distribution or sale of literature by an affiliated or non-affiliated group, organization or individual is subject to the specified registration requirements and procedures.

    (b) Any literature which is, or which is proposed to be, distributed or sold shall comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and with the regulations and policies of the institution or school, and the Board of Regents. No obscene literature or material shall be distributed on any property owned or used by an institution or school.

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    (d) Each institution and school shall designate the locations on campus which are available for the sale or distribution of literature. In addition to those areas designated in subparagraph (c) above, the institution or school shall prohibit the sale or distribution of literature in all areas where such would: 1) cause injury or damage to campus resources; 2) unreasonably impair the academic atmosphere of the campus; 3) unreasonably interfere with the academic program and other activities of the institution or school, or with the administrative functions of the institution or school; or, 4) substantially impair the use of facilities or services on the campus, or the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

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    VII. Miscellaneous

    (1) Bulletin Boards

    (a) Bulletin boards may be designated for use by specific groups, organizations or individuals. Those groups, organizations or individuals authorized to use a bulletin board, the types of materials which may be posted on a board, the maximum size and duration of any notice, and any other special conditions on use shall be conspicuously posted on each board, and shall control the use of the board when posted.

    (b) Each institution and school may require prior approval for the use of any or all bulletin boards on campus, and if required, the name of the official authorized to approve use of the board shall be posted on the board. Use of a board may be denied on the basis of one or more of the following: 1.) the person or group is not authorized to use the board in question; 2.) the material is not the type authorized for the board in question, or fails to meet any special conditions as posted on the board; 3.) the material is obscene or otherwise violates any federal or state law or regulation of the institution or school; or 4.) there is insufficient space available for the material on the board in question due to the previous posting of other materials.

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    Source: TBR Meetings, December 8, 1978; March 10, 1979; March 18, 1983; September 30, 1983; September 18, 1987; March 16, 1990; September 21, 1990

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  • Tennessee Board of Regents – Policy 3:01:01:00 [Student Organizations]

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    3. General Policies on Student Organizations

    (1) No student organization may carry on any activity on the campus of an institution or school unless the organization has been officially registered by the institution or school.

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    (4) No student organization or individual shall engage in or condone any form of hazing. Hazing shall include, but is not limited to: any action taken, or situation created intentionally, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment or ridicule; any form of verbal or physical harassment or abuse; and engaging in public stunts, morally degrading or humiliating behavior or games, whether on or off campus. Excessive demands on a student's time so as to interfere with academic performance are prohibited. Threatening in any manner or form for the purpose of cajoling individuals into secrecy in regard to breaches (planned, threatened, attempted, or perpetrated) of hazing violations also is prohibited.

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    11. Programs and Activities

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    (2) Except for routine meetings of the organization, no on-campus program or activity shall be engaged in unless approved by the designated bodies and/or officials of the institution or school, and each institution and school may require prior approval for off-campus programs and activities. Prior to approval, the institution or school may require a specified number of officials or security officers for any event, activity or program.

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    (4) No guest speakers shall be invited to the campus except pursuant to policies of the Board and the institution or school concerning guest or off-campus speakers. (Reference Policy No. 3:01:10:00)

    Source: SBR Meetings, September 29, 1978; December 7, 1979; September 30, 1983 March 23, 1984, September 21, 1990

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  • University of Memphis Code of Student Conduct – Expectations of Students

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

    As voluntary members of the University community, students are expected to act with civility toward others in the community. Accordingly, in order to foster and promote an educational environment conducive to the University mission, students at the University of Memphis are expected to:

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    - Respect the rights and dignity of all members of the University community;

    - Discourage bigotry and encourage tolerance while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions;

    - Refrain from and discourage behaviors that threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves;

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  • University of Memphis Code of Student Conduct – Expectations of Students

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

    As voluntary members of the University community, students are expected to act with civility toward others in the community. Accordingly, in order to foster and promote an educational environment conducive to the University mission, students at the University of Memphis are expected to:

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    - Respect the rights and dignity of all members of the University community;

    - Discourage bigotry and encourage tolerance while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions;

    - Refrain from and discourage behaviors that threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves;

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  • University of Memphis Code of Student Conduct – C. Proscribed Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

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  • 5 More of the Worst Free Speech Violations on College Campuses

    September 12, 2012

    On Tuesday, I shared the first half of my list of ten of the most common free speech violations which the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE ) encounters in its work defending campus expression. As I noted yesterday, the list is far from comprehensive, and the offenses listed are in no particular order. They do, however, give a sense of the depth and variety of ways free speech is threatened at our colleges and universities. Here are five more of the most common violations against free speech on campus. Be sure to visit yesterday’s post for the first half of […]

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  • University of Memphis Professor Confuses Vandalism with Free Speech

    February 18, 2014

    Today the University of Memphis’ student newspaper The Daily Helmsman has an article about an art professor who feels he is being penalized for his criticism of the university. According to the Helmsman: An art professor who has been an outspoken critic of the University of Memphis’ administration said he was threatened with criminal prosecution and the loss of his faculty senate seat for stenciling messages on University buildings over winter break. Cedar Nordbye, associate professor, accused University administrators of harassing him for exercising his right to free speech. An artist by profession, Nordbye used acrylic ink to stencil the […]

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  • University of Memphis Slashes Student Newspaper’s Funding [VIDEO]

    January 23, 2014

    On most college campuses, the student newspaper is entrusted with reporting on issues important to the campus community and with holding powerful campus authorities accountable. But after the student newspaper at the University of Memphis found its budget slashed by $25,000 because the student government and university administration didn’t like the paper’s critical, investigative reporting on their activities, The Daily Helmsman’s role as a campus watchdog was threatened. Chelsea Boozer was editor-in-chief of the Helmsman when the paper’s budget was cut in May 2012. In FIRE’s latest video, Boozer talks about the events leading up to the paper’s funding cut and how the actions taken by […]

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  • Liberty Requires Tough Choices: The Student Funding Dilemma

    July 31, 2013

    Kanisha Parthasarathy is a FIRE summer intern. Allocating money to student groups is a tricky game. For many colleges, the amount of money given to groups is not increasing at the same rate as the number of student groups vying for recognition and funding. Funding boards usually solve this problem by creating guidelines to determine how much money a student group gets. The problem arises when these rules are applied without viewpoint neutrality, a requirement for public colleges’ funding boards established by the Supreme Court in Rosenberger v. Rectors of the University of Virginia (1995) and Board of Regents of the […]

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  • Report Details First Amendment Violations Against ‘Helmsman’ and Promises Future Changes

    September 18, 2012

    We’ve kept Torch readers updated on the free speech case involving the University of Memphis (UM) student newspaper The Daily Helmsman, which had $25,000 cut from its funding through a process that strongly suggested the involvement of viewpoint discrimination by the student government body responsible for distributing funding from student activity fees. Fortunately, the sum of the on-record comments and documented exchanges in which the content of the Helmsman was criticized convinced UM of the impropriety of its funding decision, and the Helmsman‘s funding was restored.  FIRE has since received a copy of the results of the investigation conducted by […]

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  • Funding for ‘The Daily Helmsman’ Restored

    September 4, 2012

    As Torch readers may have already noted, FIRE is pleased to report a successful resolution to the funding dispute for The Daily Helmsman at the University of Memphis (UM).  FIRE has been following this case closely since it first began in May, when UM’s Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) cut the Helmsman’s funding by $25,000. According to several reports, this funding cut was motivated by troubling viewpoint discrimination on behalf of the SAFAC. Both former Student Government Association President Tyler DeWitt and SAFAC Chair Stephen H. Petersen were recorded (in DeWitt’s case, in multiple print venues) expressing their displeasure […]

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  • ‘Memphis Flyer’ Chronicles ‘Helmsman’s’ First Amendment Battles

    August 17, 2012

    Recently the Student Press Law Center publicized the struggles of The Daily Helmsman, the University of Memphis (UM) student newspaper which has had numerous wrangles with the university administration, many involving disputes over the release of public records (including for a rape committed on the UM campus). Most recently The Daily Helmsman saw its funding cut by $25,000 by UM’s Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee, which wasn’t shy about its reasons for doing so. According to the SPLC’s reporting: Helmsman editors said they have been told by several committee members — including student government representatives and university administrators — that […]

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  • University of Memphis Student Fee Board Only Funds Speech it Likes

    August 1, 2012

    The Student Press Law Center is reporting on a ridiculous situation at the University of Memphis. Memphis’s student-run Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) has voted to reduce the funding for the student newspaper The Daily Helmsman by $25,000, or one-third of its previous funding. Here’s the kicker: Helmsman editors said they have been told by several committee members — including student government representatives and university administrators — that the cuts are due to growing displeasure with the newspaper’s content. If this is true, it represents a grave First Amendment violation. If the University of Memphis, a public institution, wanted […]

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