Location: Mobile, Alabama
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
University of South Alabama 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
Sexually degrading words or gestures used to describe an individual;
Unnecessary touching, patting, pinching, or brushing of another’s body or clothing;
Repeated offensive sexual flirtation, leering, or ogling;
Stalking, telephone (including texting), or computer harassment (including use of social media);
Display of sexually demeaning objects, pictures, or cartoons in hallways, outdoor areas, offices, and rooms publicly accessible to members of the University community;
Direct or implied threats or insinuations that an individual’s refusal to submit to sexual advances will affect adversely the individual’s status, evaluation, wages, advancement, duties, or career development.
of speech does not absolve a student of the responsibility to respect other individuals. Therefore, disruptive
profanity, hate speech, or verbal intimidation will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary action. All
residents will be expected to maintain a sense of civility towards each other and the staff.
of harm to another person, using abusive language, including electronic communication, tending to incite an
immediate breach of the peace to any person, persistent following or stalking of a person, or engaging in a
course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person.
against another. It is also defined as using abusive language, including electronic communication, tending
to incite an immediate breach of the peace to any person, persistent following or stalking of a person, or
engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts that harm or seriously annoy another person. The
University uses the reasonable person standard to determine when acts are defined as annoying, alarming, or
harassing in nature.
posting, printing or sending pornography, or other sexually explicit, profane, obscene,
hostile, or blatantly offensive and intimidating material, including hate speech, threats,
harassing communications (as defined by law), or information that violates any state or
I will respect the spirit of equality which upholds the dignity of all persons.
... a commitment to this ideal means I will not compromise or demean the
dignity of individuals or groups, including hazing, intimidation, teasing, baiting, insulting, harassing, and discrimination. Instead, I will uphold the worth of all individuals. ... I will uphold the spirit of diversity which celebrates differences and discourages
... a commitment to this ideal affirms support for equal rights regardless of
one's age, sex, race, religion, disability, ethnic heritage, socio-economic status,
political, social or other affiliation. ... I will practice the spirit of stewardship which seeks to conserve the earth's
resources and to properly use all resources at my disposal.
... a commitment to this ideal means I will conserve the campus environment
and will use the resources provided me wisely, not wasting where I can
conserve, not expecting others to pick or clean up. ... When one embraces the Spirit of South Alabama by joining the community, it
behooves that person to exemplify and encourage behavior which promotes integrity,
equality, privacy, diversity, service, stewardship, and involvement.
offensive to others.
freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. The University is
committed to supporting the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution and the Code of
Alabama and to educating students relative to their responsibilities.
November 1, 2005
An art student sued Troy University on Monday, saying the school violated his free speech rights by censoring his artwork and implementing a campus speech code that unconstitutionally restricts speech. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, contends Troy officials removed portions of Blake Dews’ artwork because it featured female nudity. The university issued a statement defending its decision on Dews’ art. ”The photographs in question displayed male full frontal nudity and the university did not consider the photographs to be consistent with our community ‘s standards,” the statement said. ”This is a matter now under litigation and […]» Read More