Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
University of North Florida 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
Discrimination: For the purposes of this regulation, discrimination is defined as the intentional or unintentional treatment of any member of the university community, or any unfair treatment based solely upon genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or veteran status.
Harassment: For the purposes of this regulation, harassment is a form of discrimination, is unwelcome conduct that is based on genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or veteran status.
“Sexual harassment” means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal (including written and electronic communications) or physical conduct of a sexual nature from any person when: … Such conduct is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, persistent or pervasive) to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or activities or such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to alter the conditions of, or have the purpose and effect of substantially interfering with, a faculty or staff member’s employment by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
In addition to the conduct described in terms defined above, the following are common examples of unwelcome conduct which when sex-based behavior can be found to be a violation of this regulation: … *Suggestive or inappropriate communications, notes, letters, e-mail, text messages, contact through social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or other written materials. … * Displaying, transmitting or sending suggestive or inappropriate photographs, videos, computer images, slides, calendars, cartoons or drawings through any medium. … * Attempts at humor or the telling of jokes about sex that denigrate either gender.
Disorderly and/or disruptive behavior includes: the use of offensive or abusive language ….
Residents are encouraged to decorate their rooms and apartments in a way that are pleasing and comfortable to them. However, residents are encouraged to be respectful of roommates and community members when decorating. Some words, symbols, images, etc. may offend others and/or damage your character. The Department of Housing and Residence Life will review resident or staff complaints due to offensive or questionable decorations. Appeals of decisions are at the discretion of the Director of Housing and Residence Life and/or his/her designee.
Behavior and actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive, living, educational or work environment for another person or group is not permitted. Behavior and actions that threaten, harm, or intimidate another person, group, or animal is not permitted. This may include, but is not limited to, verbal, written or electronic communication, gestures, or other behavior.
Use of Amplified Sound in University Facilities; Outdoor Areas; Demonstrations and Other Outdoor Events 13-14
Outdoor areas on the campus which are not committed to a specific use or assigned to a specific University entity, such as the area located adjacent to the Arena and the Wellness Center, are free to be used for informal, unscheduled, and unamplified expressions of opinion or musical events by persons participating as individuals without registration or approval.
Demonstrations may be held anywhere on the campus, so long as they do not disrupt the normal operations of the University or infringe on the rights of other members of the University community, except that no demonstrations are permitted inside University buildings. Demonstrations using a public address system or other electronic amplification and/or involving a substantial outdoor area of the campus and/or a large number of people must be scheduled in accordance with subsection (6) of this regulation. In the event of disruptive action, the procedures set forth in subsections (8)-(10) of this regulation will apply.
3.0 Action(s) or statements that threaten harm or reasonably intimidate another person causing them fear for their safety.
3.1 Acts that invade the privacy of another person.
3.2 To follow or otherwise contact another person repeatedly (e.g. Stalking) or to take deliberate and repeated actions toward another so as to put a reasonable person in fear for their life or personal safety.
February 26, 2004
Free speech would no longer be confined to a corner of campus under new rules University of North Florida officials passed Wednesday.The decision revises a proposal that restricted impromptu demonstrations, speeches or even acoustic music to a “free speech zone” between the Robinson Student Life Center and the Fine Arts Center. To speak out anywhere else, students had to apply for a permit three weeks in advance.The Educational Policy Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the rules unanimously. The full board still has to approve the changes and will consider the issue at its March meeting. Trustees tabled the […]» Read More
July 29, 2013
Thousands of copies of the UNF Spinnaker, the University of North Florida’s (UNF’s) student newspaper, were reported missing last month, and university police have identified one of the men responsible: Florida Highway Patrol officer and UNF graduate Steven Coppola. The issue Coppola confessed to removing from newsstands contained a story detailing the arrest of a friend of Coppola’s, Joshua Hott, who was charged with video voyeurism after allegedly filming a young man in a restroom. According to the Spinnaker, Coppola said he was worried about how the story might affect Hott’s younger brother, a student at UNF. According to Spinnaker […]» Read More
March 29, 2011
The racy cover photo from the latest issue of the University of North Florida (UNF) student newspaper, the Spinnaker, has caused a stir at the UNF campus and made some waves in the press. Chief among the media outlets to cover the matter is the Florida Times-Union, where Kate Howard has written a good summary of the controversy. The cover itself is suggestive of a man performing oral sex on a woman—a way of promoting the issue’s feature on the health risks of oral sex. Josh Gore, editor in chief of the Spinnaker, describes the cover’s shock value as “minimal,” […]» Read More
October 11, 2010
University of North Florida (UNF) student and 2010 CFN Conference attendee Edgar Aroutiounian recently published an op-ed in his school’s newspaper, The Spinnaker, exposing UNF’s speech policies. In the op-ed (page 9 of PDF file), Edgar does a great job of discussing the importance of allowing unbridled discourse at a public university such as UNF and calling for reform of UNF’s speech codes. An eager attendee of our summer student conference (so eager, in fact, that he drove all night to make it to Philadelphia in time!), Edgar has certainly taken the CFN spirit back to campus with him. Edgar’s […]» Read More