Location: Miami, Florida
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
University of Miami 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.
April 7, 2003
The University of Miami (UM) refused to approve, on four separate occasions, a student organization created for "the exposition and promotion of conservative principles and ideas." The proposed student group, Advocates for Conservative Thought (ACT), tried consistently to gain official recognition through the Committee on Student Organizations (COSO), UM’s authorized agent for handling such matters. However, COSO denied the group recognition—which, under UM policy, it needed in order to use vital university facilities and resources, to be listed on the website for approved student groups and in the student handbook, and to promote itself on campus—on the grounds that the […]» Read More
Red Light Policies
Unwelcomed words or acts, whether intentional or a product of the disregard for the safety, rights, or welfare of others, which intimidate, degrade, demean, threaten, bully, haze or otherwise interfere with another person’s daily activity is prohibited.
Prohibited usage of internet/networking sites may include: … Creating language on a social network that is hateful, threatening, vulgar, or derogatory ….
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, physical or verbal abuse of a sexual nature including graphic commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading remarks used to describe an individual, or unwelcome propositions and physical advances of a sexual nature.
Spontaneous (non-planned) demonstrations are restricted to designated University of Miami free speech zones.
Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression made by any means is prohibited.
Examples of usage that could result in disciplinary action include, but are not limited to: … Posting inappropriate material to Usenet or a Web site.
Common sense and good taste should be employed when an organization or its members divulge information about the organization via websites, Facebook, message boards, chat rooms, or other medium — electronic or otherwise. Student organization members who are discovered to be engaging in inappropriate behavior or presenting themselves in poor taste, will be sanctioned from COSO and/or the Dean of Students. Examples of this type of behavior include lewd acts, alcohol consumption, hazing, sexually explicit images, or a general disregard for a standard of decency.
Outside speakers speaking on religion, politics, or any other topic that may be perceived as a controversial must fill out the Outside Speakers Form and return it to the Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations.
Academic freedom requires an environment where intellectual pluralism and the free expression of ideas are embraced. The University of Miami, as an institution dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and charged with the duty of educating young adults from around the world, is committed to supporting the values of free speech, the rights of assembly and free association, and other basic civil liberties.
[T]he University will assure the right of students and approved student organizations to demonstrate and publicly proclaim any view, however unpopular.
May 25, 2006
Universities have traditionally been places where debate and the free exchange of ideas have been welcomed. But after 9/11, that may be changing — as some recent, troubling incidents suggest. In this column, I’ll survey some recent incidents suggesting free speech on campus is in peril, and discuss the extent to which the First Amendment protects student and faculty speech Cracking Down on Student Demonstrators and Controversial Student Speech Recently, students at the University of Miami (a private school, but one with a stated policy of fostering free speech) demonstrated alongside striking maintenance workers to show solidarity. Now, they face […]» Read More
August 21, 2005
An organization inspired by a campus fight over whether “water buffalo” was a racist slur has become the go-to group for college students and professors of all stripes who believe their rights to free speech have been violated.Since its founding in 1999, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has battled pro bono for evangelicals and atheists, animal rights activists and campus conservatives, and others who say they have been silenced by school administrators because of their points of view. With 11 employees in Philadelphia and a network of dozens of volunteer attorneys nationwide, the organization has grown from an […]» Read More