Location: Reno, Nevada
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit
University of Nevada, Reno 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.
March 21, 2006
At the University of Nevada at Reno, the university’s policy designated only four small or remote areas on UNR’s campus as “‘public forum’ areas,” and explicitly deemed the rest of the campus a non-public forum. Student activists, working with FIRE and the ACLU of Nevada, protested this unconstitutional policy and proposed a new policy that would open the public university campus to free speech. The students worked closely with UNR administrators, and were able to introduce a policy that designates the entire campus-save the interior of university buildings-as an “open public forum area.”» Read More
Red Light Policies
hall computer labs and Ethernet connections agrees not to: ... Send offensive mail or access offensive material; change, remove or destroy any data stored electronically
without proper authorization; corrupt data on any system through the use of viruses, worms, trojan horses, or
lead to immediate removal from the residence halls:
A. Any behavior or action, physical or verbal, in which the mode of expression is lewd, vulgar, indecent and
plainly offensive irrespective of its content or viewpoint. Verbal abuse, offensive language, which, when
viewed objectively, creates a hostile environment substantially disrupting or interfering with the work of the
school or the rights of other students, including, but not limited to, that which constitutes discrimination or
harassment relating to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or any other protected class.
Personal verbal harassment of one individual by another is uncivil behavior, which can taint or pollute the learning climate and discourage open expression of ideas on legitimate academic subjects.
element in the marketplace of ideas of higher education. In the spirit of open discussion and freedom of
expression, any individual or group may use campus grounds to exercise this constitutionally protected right. This policy applies to outside public areas such as sidewalks, lawns, and plazas.
July 5, 2006
by Jim Brown Agape Press The University of Nevada at Reno (UNR) has eliminated so-called “speech zones” that limited student expression on campus. The university’s previous policy had designated only four small or remote areas on its grounds as “public forum” spaces while explicitly deeming the rest of the campus a non-public forum. The new policy adopted by the university, however, allows students to use the entire campus — except for the interior of buildings — to demonstrate, protest, or pass out flyers and newspapers. Student activists working with the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and the Foundation for […]» Read More
April 30, 2006
The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators (cont’d): The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education at www.thefire.org notes that the University of Nevada at Reno Public Forum Policy allows students to offer “public expression in the form of freedom of speech and advocacy” as a “fundamental right” as long as they do it in one of four specified areas at times designated in Section 5303 Operation, Use and Maintenance of University Facilities and are in physical possession of a signed approval. The students are not to speak toward anyone who might not want to hear their ideas, in […]» Read More
January 27, 2014
If the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) don’t get it, at least the Las Vegas Review-Journal does: UNLV and UNR, as public institutions, cannot maintain their broad and vague prohibitions on “offensive” or “disrespect[ful]” speech. The Review-Journal spoke with FIRE’s Samantha Harris for an editorial published yesterday explaining how the Nevada schools earned their “red light” ratings in our Spotlight database and why this should concern Nevada students. “Students across the country have been disciplined and expelled for exercising their constitutional rights,” the editorial says. “Make no mistake, cracking down on ideas is tyrannical.” After all, colleges and universities especially are supposed […]» Read More
June 19, 2012
Last week, United States District Judge Timothy S. Black held that the University of Cincinnati’s (UC’s) “free speech zone” policy “violates the First Amendment and cannot stand.” This victory came after FIRE helped coordinate a federal lawsuit in cooperation with Ohio’s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of UC’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a campus group that had its First Amendment rights suppressed while attempting to gather signatures for a statewide petition. This was not FIRE’s first such victory, however. Almost nine years ago to the day, FIRE announced the first victory of our Speech Code […]» Read More
July 10, 2007
In yesterday’s Campus Alert, FIRE’s weekly column in the New York Post, we discussed the disturbing prevalence of free speech zones at America’s public universities. Providing readers with a representative sample of schools that either currently maintain free speech zones or have done so in the past, we wrote: Onerous speech zones have been reported at Clemson University in South Carolina, Western Illinois University, Florida State University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Oregon, California State University at Chico, West Virginia University, University of Nevada at Reno, Citrus College in California and the University of […]» Read More
May 25, 2007
As Torch readers know, each month, FIRE features a college or university with a particularly egregious speech code as its Speech Code of the Month. We use Speech Code of the Month to educate the public about the ever-present problem of speech codes on campus, but the feature also helps put public pressure on these schools to encourage revisions of these repressive policies. An article in our new issue of The FIRE Quarterly discusses the changes in policies FIRE has witnessed in four institutions that have been named Speech Code of the Month in the past. Since June 2005, Albertson […]» Read More