University of Southern Maine

Location: Portland, Maine
Website: http://www.usm.maine.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Southern Maine 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Sexual Harassment in the University of Maine System is No Laughing Matter 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    [S]exual harassment may be more subtle– like staring, sexual jokes, or teasing, sexually demeaning remarks.

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  • Policy on Religious and Spiritual Life 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    The University has an obligation to insure that any religious group using the facilities of the University is willing to abide by those standards and values that apply to all such groups. These values include the University’s statement on non-discrimination and Student Senate policy of harmony with it, and are rooted in the University’s commitment to free inquiry, diversity, inclusion, and freedom from coercion, and related to its primary mission of offering an educational environment in which the pursuit of knowledge is honored and affirmed.

    Groups promoting particular religious traditions express their beliefs, serve students, faculty and staff, and have access to, and use of, University facilities and services at the discretion of the University.

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  • Residence Hall Policies: Abuse 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Verbal or physical abuse, or the threat of physical abuse against any person in the residence halls or at any authorized event, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person(s), is not allowed.

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  • Acceptable Use of Information Resources Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    [U]nacceptable uses and behaviors include, but are not limited to:

    - harassing other computer users or University staff;
    - intentionally and unnecessarily exposing others to material they may find personally unsuitable.

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  • University of Maine System Conduct Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … such conduct interferes with an individual’s academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • University of Maine System Student Conduct Code 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment or Intimidation: Unwelcome behavior that creates a hostile or intimidating working, educational, or living environment or behavior that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic or job performance and opportunities.

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