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

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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, Statement

    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, Statement

    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, Statement

    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.

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

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

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

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    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, Statement

    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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