Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit
University of Pittsburgh has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
September 19, 2005
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.» Read More
copy, store, draw, print, or publish obscene language or graphics.
As a Pitt Student:
* I will embrace the concept of a civil community which abhors violence, theft and exploitation of others;
* I will commit myself to the pursuit of knowledge with personal integrity and academic honesty;
* I will respect the sanctity of the learning environment and avoid disruptive and deceitful behavior toward other members of the campus community;
* I will support a culture of diversity by respecting the rights of those who differ from myself;
* I will contribute to the development of a caring community where compassion for others and freedom of thought and expression are valued;
* I will honor, challenge and contribute to the scholarly heritage left by those who preceded me and work to leave this a better place for those who follow.
By endorsing these common principles, I accept a moral obligation to behave in ways that contribute to a civil campus environment and resolve to support this behavior in others. This commitment to civility is my promise to the University of Pittsburgh and its community of scholars.
Guidelines and Responsibilities for University Administrators: Handling Sexual Harassment Complaints- Hypothetical Circumstances 13-14You personally observe conduct which you believe constitutes sexual harassment. For example, technicians in your lab have hung sexually explicit pictures on the wall or are having a sexually explicit discussion.
Response: This is "hostile environment" sexual harassment. Even though no one has complained to you, you should ensure that the pictures are removed and that sexually explicit discussions do not occur in public areas of the workplace. The lab technicians should be told why the action is being taken.
privileges: ... To engage in discussion, to make inquiries, to exchange thought and opinion, to publish and exchange
findings and recommendations, to speak, write, or print freely on any subject, and to sponsor speakers
of their choice, in accordance with the guarantees of our Federal and State Constitutions, subject only
to the right of the University to make reasonable rules and regulations related thereto.
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: ... 3. Such conduct is severe or pervasive and objectively and subjectively has the effect of: a. Unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or equal access to education; or b. Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment; or 4. Such conduct, if repeated, is reasonably likely to meet the standard set forth in number 3 immediately above.
Harasses, or attempts to harass a person through repeated, unwanted communications or by putting another person in objective and subjective fear of injury or unreasonably causing severe or pervasive distress by: purposely following another person in public places or other places; communicating in an anonymous manner; or acting in another manner with the intent to harass a person.
October 11, 2012
FIRE is often referred to as a “watchdog” organization, and that is indeed an important part of what we do. But those who follow our work know that we also love to reward schools for upholding students’ free speech rights. That is why when a university earns a “green light” rating—a distinction currently awarded to just 15 out of the hundreds of schools we survey—FIRE does as much as possible to ensure that good news receives the maximum publicity. For example, we publish an annual list of the best colleges for free speech on The Huffington Post. In the last […]» Read More