Location: Evansville, Indiana
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit
University of Southern Indiana 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
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThis policy applies to all administrators, faculty, staff, agents, and students at all times and places in any
connection with the University.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementBehavior that involves an expressed or implied threat,
which includes, but is not limited to the use of words
verbal, written, or electronic (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,
etc.) inherently likely to provide an immediate violent
reaction when directed toward a specific individual,
or any behavior that has the purpose or reasonably
foreseeable effect of creating a hostile environment by, but
not limited to, interfering with another individual’s personal
safety, safety of property, academic efforts, employment,
or participation in University-sponsored activities and
causes that person to have a reasonable apprehension
that such harm is about to occur, is prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementDisorderly, lewd, indecent, bullying, cyber-bullying, or obscene conduct is prohibited, including the expression of such on University-owned or -
controlled property or at University-sponsored or -supervised events, on or off campus.
Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, StatementMember of the USI community...
I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will reject and confront all manifestations of discrimination while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions;
I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, their property, and their need for conditions which support their work and development;
Allegiance to these ideals requires that I refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementOn the basis of
these premises, the University of Southern Indiana
will encourage any University registered student
organization, faculty, administrators, or staff to invite
speakers to campus. and the following provisions: ... 5. That to schedule the event properly, to assure
adequate facilities, to ensure the necessary publicity,
and to assure proper procedure, the sponsoring
group wishing to invite a visiting speaker to the
University make all arrangements for reserving
space with appropriate University officials at least
two weeks in advance of the speaker’s appearance
(unless the president or his designee waives the time
6. That violation of the stated policy and procedure
subjects the sponsoring group and its members to
sanctions as outlined in University policies.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementA student has the right to participate in a free
exchange of ideas, and there shall be no University
policy that in any way abridges the rights of
freedom of speech, expression, petition, and
peaceful assembly in accordance with applicable
federal, state, and local laws.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is defined as: "Unwelcome or
unwanted advances, requests for sexual favors, or
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature on
or off campus when: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of
unreasonably interfering with an individual's work
or academic performance, or creating an
intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for
work or learning.
April 9, 2010
In an article published yesterday in The Shield, the student newspaper at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), student Zach Evans highlights the unconstitutional speech policies in force at USI. Evans opens with an examination of USI’s free speech zone policy. With that in mind, what does free speech mean at USI? It all begins in the area set aside for the sole purpose of the exercise of free speech. Universities were at one point in time were (sic) the breeding ground for social activism and political protest. During the 1960′s and 70′s the Vietnam War polarized young adults who […]» Read More