University of Texas at San Antonio

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Website: http://www.utsa.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Texas at San Antonio 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
  • Student Code of Conduct: Specific Conduct Proscribed 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against any student for any of the following acts or violations: … engages in an inappropriate or disproportionate use of an information technology resource owned or controlled by the University or System or uses an information technology resource for an illegal, threatening, or disruptive/destructive purpose; prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to circumventing system or network security, committing copyright infringement, transmitting unsolicited e-mail ….

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  • Handbook of Operating Procedures: Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment, as a form of discrimination, is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual or group because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, gender identity/expression or sexual orientation when such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s or group’s academic or work performance; or of creating a hostile academic or work environment. Constitutionally protected expression cannot be considered harassment under this policy.

    Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and includes: … Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, student status or participation in UTSA activities; or submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for evaluation in making personnel or academic decisions affecting that individual; or such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it substantially interferes with an individual’s education, employment, or participation in UTSA activities, or creates an objectively hostile environment; or such conduct is intentionally directed towards a specific individual and has the effect of unreasonably interfering with that individual’s education, employment, or participation in UTSA activities.

    Examples of behavior that could be considered sexual harassment include but are not limited to:  … Comments of a sexual nature including sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes or anecdotes; remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body; remarks about sexual activity; speculation about sexual experience; Exposure to sexually oriented graffiti, pictures, posters, or materials….

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  • Handbook of Operating Procedures: University Posting of Materials 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Materials to be posted may not: (1) Glorify, edify, promote, or support the use of alcohol and illegal drugs. (2) Display trademarks and/or brand names of alcoholic or illegal drug products. (3) Contain material that is obscene, vulgar, or libelous ….

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  • Handbook of Operating Procedures: Peaceful Public Assembly 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    [N]o person may attempt to coerce, intimidate, or badger any other person into viewing, listening to, or accepting a copy of any communication ….

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  • Information Resources Acceptable Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Sexually Explicit materials must not be intentionally accessed, created, stored or transmitted other than in the course of academic research where this aspect of the research has the explicit written approval of an Executive Officer of UTSA.

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  • Resident Handbook: Hazing/Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    UTSA is committed to providing an environment whereby students are free from any harassment or hazing. Harassment involves behavior towards a person that is unwanted (i.e., pranks, practical jokes, phone calls, emails, text messages, etc.) and will not be tolerated. If you feel you are being hazed or harassed, please contact a UTSA staff member immediately.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Specific Conduct Proscribed 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against any student for any of the following acts or violations: … engages in harassment; harassment is defined as conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the University ….

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  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Texas at San Antonio

    March 6, 2013

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for March 2013: the University of Texas at San Antonio. According to the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures (PDF), Anonymous publications are prohibited, and any individual or organization publishing or aiding in publishing, or circulating or aiding in circulating, any anonymous publication will be subject to disciplinary action. However, the Supreme Court of the United States has repeatedly held that bans on anonymous publications violate the First Amendment, by which the University of Texas at San Antonio—a public university—is legally and morally bound. In Talley v. California, 362 U.S. 60, 64 (1960), […]

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  • ‘Free Speech Week’ Celebrated on Campuses Nationwide

    April 13, 2012

    FIRE celebrated Free Speech Week last week by teaming up with Students For Liberty to send FIRE speakers and materials to student groups across the country. We’re pleased to announce it was a great success!   To mark the occasion, 72 student groups distributed FIRE materials and pocket-sized Constitutions on campus. More than 20 student groups also organized expressive events. Many decided to build Free Speech Walls at schools including American University, Boston University, Harvard University, Kansas State University, Winthrop University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Texas San Antonio. FIRE’s Campus Freedom Network (CFN) also worked with […]

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