University of North Texas

Location: Denton, Texas
Website: http://www.unt.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Code of Student Conduct: Definitions 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual Harassment – unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual violence and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Acts Affecting Health, Safety or Welfare 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment 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.

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  • Policy Manual: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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.

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  • Policy Manual: Computer Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    When communicating with others via the University computer system, a user’s communications should reflect high ethical standards, mutual respect and civility.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Free Speech 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    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.

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Green Light Policies
  • Policy Manual: Free Speech and Public Assembly on Campus Grounds 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    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.

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  • The University of North Texas grants students campus wide free speech

    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 […]

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  • Student Spotlight: Alex Anderson, Marketing Freedom at University of North Texas

    June 27, 2014

    Alex Anderson is a junior at the University of North Texas (UNT), where she is ramping up the student movement for free speech on campus. As a public relations and strategic communications major, Alex has been applying her ingenuity in marketing to the fight for freedom of expression.

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  • How Students Made a Difference for Liberty in 2009

    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 […]

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  • Under Pressure from FIRE and Students, University of North Texas Eliminates Free Speech Zones

    October 26, 2009

    FIRE is very pleased to report that the University of North Texas (UNT) has revised its “Free Speech and Public Assembly Policy,” which previously provided for only six “free speech areas” on campus where students could “engage in constitutionally protected speech and expression at the University of North Texas.” The policy further required students and student groups intending to use the free speech zones to request approval from the Dean of Students and to make reservations “at least two working days in advance.” The new policy, which will reportedly go into effect this week, eliminates UNT’s free speech zones. The […]

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  • Play Nice or Else

    March 17, 2005

    Everybody loves free speech until they’re the one offended. Then somebody had better pay. Or so it would seem at the University of North Texas, where the residue from a student protest six weeks ago finds a Hispanic organization searching for vindication, a conservative group refusing to apologize and a university chancellor failing to appease all sides. “We have a long way to go in all this,” says the aforementioned chancellor, Lee Jackson. They do indeed–with nothing less than the First Amendment on the line. But first, some background. The Young Conservatives of Texas, a student organization that takes stances […]

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  • Bigger in Texas?

    February 22, 2005

    Responding to our recent post about the University of North Texas, a reader from Texas wrote: Well, I appreciate your understanding of the scale of things here in Texas. I noticed that, in your discussion of the fun at North Texas, you made reference to “nearby Texas Tech.” We are about 300 miles from North Texas. Yeah, that’s sorta “nearby” in Texas. Great point and thanks for writing! The scale of Texas plays havoc with my New York mind. I looked it up, UNT and TTU are therefore ten Rhode Islands away from each other! Not shocking to Texans, I […]

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  • Calls for Censorship in Texas

    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 […]

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