University of Southern Indiana

Location: Evansville, Indiana
Website: http://www.usi.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

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Red Light Policies

  • University Handbook: Guidelines on Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    This policy applies to all administrators, faculty, staff, agents, and students at all times and places in any connection with the University.

    Sexual harassment includes any interpersonal attention of a sexual nature that is unwanted and unwelcome.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Threatening or Intimidating Behavior 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Behavior 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.

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  • Data Communications and Computer Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Unacceptable activities … 12. Sending or leaving abusive, obscene messages or content via computer. 13. Harassing other users by the sending unwanted messages or files.

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  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Disorderly Conduct/Indecent Behavior 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Disorderly, 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.

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  • The USI Creed 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience

    Member 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.

    If you experience or observe actions on campus which are not in accordance with the USI Creed, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 812/464-1862.

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  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Outside Speakers Policy Statement 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    On 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 requirement); and 6. That violation of the stated policy and procedure subjects the sponsoring group and its members to sanctions as outlined in University policies.

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  • Student Organization Manual: Sales, Solicitation, and Fundraising 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Solicitation shall be defined as the act of making a request or plea for one’s cause or philanthropy and includes the receipt of or request for any gift or contribution.

    Application for approval for sales, solicitation, and fundraising (including athletic events and events held in Housing and Residence Life areas) must be initiated with the Office of Student Development Programs. Approval for all activities must be received prior to beginning these activities. This must occur whether or not you are reserving university space.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Student’s Rights 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    A 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.

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  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual 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.

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  • Student Paper Highlights University of Southern Indiana’s Speech Codes

    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 […]

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