Location: Arlington, Texas
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
University of Texas at Arlington 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
1. personally describes or is personally directed to one or more specific individuals; and
2. is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the victim's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the University; and
3. is not necessary to the expression of any idea described in paragraph (2) of this subsection.
November 30, 2012
Recently, FIRE intervened at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) after the Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity brought to our attention what I suspect is an all-too-common punishment against fraternities and sororities: the prohibition on displaying their letters in any way while the chapter was under investigation. After FIRE brought this issue to UTA’s attention, the university promised that students and student organizations at UTA enjoy the full freedoms of the First Amendment. Here’s the background on the chain of events resulting in this unconstitutional punishment for SigEp, as we wrote in a letter to UTA President James D. […]» Read More