University of Toledo

Location: Toledo, Ohio
Website: http://www.toledo.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Toledo 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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Prohibited harassment is defined as any verbal or physical conduct of an offensive, intimidating or threatening nature when such conduct is based on or directed at an individual’s sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, age, military or
    veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other unlawful or prohibited basis.

    Examples of prohibited conduct may include, but are not limited to: offensive statements, insults, epithets, or jokes; physically threatening behavior directed at another individual; using any form of communication to insult, demean or threaten another individual (including email or internet postings such as on Facebook, etc.); and/or other verbal or physical conduct if any of the above conduct is based on or directed at an individual’s protected classification, as listed above. All such harassment is strictly prohibited.

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  • Residential Living Guide: Damage, Disturbance and Distress 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Individual or group activities that may result in a disturbance or distress to others, or that cause damage or destruction to self or property, are prohibited. … Examples of behavior covered by this policy include, but are not limited to … publicly spoken or displayed materials that are pornographic, obscene, sexist, racist, homophobic, etc.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Organization Handbook: Advertising 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Student organizations must adhere to the following restrictions in advertising. … No vulgar, suggestive, pornographic or obscene images or references

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Proscribed Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, retaliation, bullying, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

    Discriminatory harassment or retaliation, verbal, physical or otherwise, based on sex, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability or handicap, age, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, towards another person that has the purpose or effect of creating an offensive or intimidating living and learning environment, or interferes with the individual’s education or work environment or participation in or benefit from a University class, program, event or activity, or will cause physical or mental injury or any violation of University’s discrimination, harassment or retaliation policies 3364-50-01 or -02, as such may be amended from time to time.

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that expressly or implicitly imposes conditions upon, threatens, interferes with or creates an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment for an
    individual’s academic pursuits, University employment, participation in activities sponsored by the University or organizations or groups related to the University, or opportunities to benefit from other aspects of University life.

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  • Residential Living Guide: Advertising and Solicitation 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    The distribution of flyers by recognized student organizations on campus must be approved by the Office of Student Involvement.

    Obscene, racist and/or offensive materials directed toward an individual or group of individuals is not permitted for public display in the residence halls, including the outside of resident’s room/suite doors.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with the individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment; or of interfering with one’s ability to participate in or benefit from a class or educational program or activity. For hostile work or learning environment allegations, the investigator(s) will consider whether a reasonable person in light of all the circumstances would consider the conduct at issue so severe or pervasive as to unreasonably interfere with the complainant’s employment or educational environment.

    Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: … Unwelcome verbal expressions of a sexual nature, including graphic sexual comments about a person’s body, dress, appearance, or sexual activities; the unwelcome use of sexually degrading language, jokes or innuendos; unwelcome suggestive or insulting sounds or whistles; The display of inappropriate sexually oriented materials in a location where others can view them or communicated through email or other forms of communication;  A pattern of conduct, which can be subtle in nature, that has sexual overtones and is intended to create or has the effect of creating discomfort or humiliation to another; or; Unwelcome remarks speculating about a person’s sexual activities or sexual history, or remarks about one’s own sexual activities or sexual history.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Political Activity 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Student general fee dollars may not be used to support any political candidate or political cause whether federal, state, local or University level.

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  • School’s Response to Rape Shows Need for Higher Authority

    September 11, 2014

    By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow An Ohio student who reported to school officials that she was raped was outraged at the meager punishment meted out to her alleged attacker. A University of Toledo student, who calls herself “Sarah” to hide her real identity, was devastated when school officials imposed upon her alleged attacker a $25 fine and 10 hours of sexual assault education. Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Right in Education says that the school showed itself to be unable to deal adequately with the situation. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen time and time again that schools and colleges are not really qualified […]

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  • Students Create Free Speech Walls to Celebrate First Amendment

    September 27, 2013

    Students at colleges across the country are encouraging their peers to exercise their right to free speech by building “free speech walls” on their campuses—displays where students can write or draw whatever they want.  Free speech walls are a great way for students to share ideas in a public way. For example, student group Dorm Room Diplomacy at Binghamton University in New York set up a wall last week that was filled with everything “from animal drawings to political statements,” according to Pipe Dream, the school’s student newspaper. Pipe Dream reported: Although most of the postings on the wall were […]

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