Location: Denton, Texas
Type: No Type Yet
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
University of North Texas 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
Engaging in physical, and/or verbal abuse, domestic violence, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, physical or electronic stalking or any other conduct which threatens of endangers the health, safety or welfare of any person. Speech protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is not a violation of this provision, though fighting words and statements which reasonably threaten or endanger the health and safety of any person are not protected speech.
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (regardless of gender), even if carried out under the guise of humor, constitute a violation of this policy when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, or educational environment.
Sexual harassment takes many forms; examples of conduct which might be considered sexual harassment under this policy include but are not limited to:
- repeated and unwanted requests for dates, sexual flirtations, or propositions of a sexual nature,
- subtle pressure for a sexual relationship,
- sexist remarks about a person’s clothing, body or sexual activities …
- conduct of a sexual nature that causes humiliation or discomfort, such as use of inappropriate terms of address, and
- sexually explicit or sexist comments, questions or jokes
- conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile work or educational environment.
Students, registered student organizations, and employees may engage in expressive activity on campus grounds without the need for prior reservation or registration except when the expressive activity includes: … Attendance greater than 25 people.
In the instance when one of the above mentioned expressive activities occurs, the Designated Areas and Amplified Request Form will need to be completed and turned into the Dean of Students Office; University Union Suite 320. A request to reserve a designated area for expressive activities, or to engage in amplified speech in a designated area, must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students no fewer than eight (8) business days before the proposed activity. Only singular reservations will be reviewed. Requests for periodic or recurring use will not be considered.
The University of North Texas recognizes that freedom of expression and public assembly are fundamental rights of all persons and are essential components of the education process.
Campus grounds generally are open to students, employees and sponsoring organizations for expressive activity. However, these individuals and organizations are encouraged to reserve areas on campus that are designated for expressive activity when the activity is promoted in advance or when the activity may reasonably be anticipated to draw a crowd of 25 or more people.
October 24, 2009
The University of North Texas had six designated free speech zones, where students were allowed to demonstrate, protest, preach or otherwise express an opinion or point of view. Ntdailydatabase.com reported that that has all changed. Ay first, it didn’t appear that this was going to happen. The UNT Free Speech Coalition brought a list of demands to University President Gretchen Bataille in July. Bataille said that she wouldn’t negotiate with people who brought demands, and that she didn’t like the tone of the people she was meeting with. Even so, she expressed willingness to discuss the issue at some later […]» Read More
January 6, 2010
For the past few days FIRE has been looking back over our list of accomplishments in 2009. That list would not be complete without mentioning the students who have worked so hard to make their campuses more free. At the College of William & Mary, former FIRE intern and Campus Freedom Network member Braum Katz led a reform effort from within the student government as Student Assembly Secretary of Student Rights to revise all constitutionally problematic speech codes. In October, William & Mary eliminated the last of its troublesome policies and FIRE officially gave the college’s policies a green-light rating in […]» Read More
February 21, 2005
The Denton, Texas, Record-Chronicle carried a story on Saturday (registration required) about an uproar over a free-expression issue at the University of North Texas. Apparently, the university chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) at UNT held a “Capture an Illegal Immigrant” event to draw attention to what they see as the problem of illegal immigration in Texas (you can read about it in the UNT student paper or read a bunch of articles about it at the UNT YCT website). Basically, YCT had a few students around campus put on orange shirts with the words “Illegal Immigrant” on […]» Read More