Location: Logan, Utah
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit
Utah State University 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
The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: Responsibilities of Students 12-13All interactions with faculty members,
staff members, and other students shall be conducted with courtesy, civility, decency, and a concern
for personal dignity.
Choosing to join this community obligates each member to a code of civilized ideals, principles, and
responsible behaviors compatible with the educational environment. As such, Housing and Residence Life declares its support of and adherence to
the following principles. … A member of the Utah State University Housing community supports, practices, and respects:
1. Personal and academic integrity through elimination of deceit, plagiarism, lying, and disloyalty.
2. Dignity of all persons, by not demeaning, teasing, ridiculing, or insulting individuals or groups.
3. Rights and property of others, by demonstrating concern for them and asking first before borrowing or using items and property.
4. Discouraging bigotry, by striving to learn from and accept the inherent differences in people, ideas, and opinions which contribute to an academic
5. Keeping the living environment clean and attractive, knowing that such an environment is essential to positive physical, mental, and academic
6. Refraining from and discouraging all behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect all residents deserve, by challenging friends and neighbors
within the housing community to abide by these fundamental expectations and personally confronting those who do violate them in an appropriate
The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: University Standards of Student Conduct 12-13Wrongfully inflicting physical or mental duress, harm, or abuse upon another person,
including but not limited to verbal abuse, threats and intimidation, stalking, sexual violence,
arson, and murder.
The following are behaviors which could be viewed as sexual harassment when they are unwelcome
-Whistling or making cat calls at someone
-Making sexual comments about a person’s clothing or body
-Telling sexual jokes or stories
-Asking personal questions about sexual life, fantasies, preferences or history
-Repeatedly “asking out” a person who is not interested
-Turning work discussions to sexual topics
-Referring to an adult woman or man as a hunk, doll, babe or honey
-Telling lies or spreading rumors about a person’s personal sex life
-Paying unwanted attention to someone (i.e., staring, following, blocking a person’s path)
-Displaying sexually suggestive visuals
-Making facial expressions such as winking, throwing kisses, or licking
-Giving personal gifts or a sexual nature
-Making sexual gestures with hands or through body movements
The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: University Standards of Student Conduct 12-13Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: (1) continued or
repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature; (2) repeated offensive sexual flirtations,
advances, propositions; (3) graphic verbal commentaries about an individual's body;
(4) sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; and (5) sexual
The Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University: Demonstrations and Distribution of Literature 12-13Students, student organizations, and nonstudent individuals or groups sponsored by students/student organizations, may demonstrate, picket, or distribute literature on the campus in areas generally available to the public; provided that such demonstrators, picketers, or distributors do not or do not attempt to:
Breach the peace.
Physically obstruct pedestrian traffic.
Physically obstruct vehicular traffic.
Interfere with classes or other scheduled meetings.
Damage University property.
Discard banners, placards, picket signs, leaflets, pamphlets, handbills, or other literature or materials in a manner which litters University property.
Permanently occupy land areas or permanently locate signs and posters.
Erect structures, shelters, or camps.
Sleep overnight on University property.
Threaten or endanger the health or safety of any person.
February 8, 2012
Coverage of FIRE’s most recent speech code report, Spotlight on Speech Codes 2012: The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses, keeps rolling in. Recently, student newspapers at the University of Georgia (UGA) and Utah State University (USU) joined those campus outlets that have drawn attention to FIRE’s review of their institution’s policies on student speech. At UGA, The Red & Black took note of the university’s “red light” rating, interviewing FIRE’s Samantha Harris: “UGA received a ‘red light’ rating mainly because of its email policy,” said Samantha Harris, director of speech code research at FIRE. “It prohibits any […]» Read More
April 14, 2011
Azhar was recently quoted in an article in The Herald Journal (Logan, Utah) about free speech restrictions at Utah State University (USU). Unfortunately, like 260 other schools in our Spotlight database, USU possesses a red-light rating, meaning that it has at least one policy that clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. While USU in fact has two red-light policies, the article focuses on just the “Responsibilities of Students” policy as outlined in the Code of Policies and Procedures for Students, which states that “All interactions … shall be conducted with courtesy, civility, decency, and a concern for personal dignity.” […]» Read More