Youngstown State University

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

Speech Code Rating

Youngstown 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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Resident Handbook: Harassment/Threats 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    You are expected to treat all persons with respect and dignity. You should not harass any individual or group. Harassment is defined as a course of conduct which subjects a person or group of persons to unwanted physical contact, or the threat of such contact, or which seriously threatens or alarms a person or group. This includes activity over the phone or via the internet. (Also see Physical or Verbal Abuse.) Display or distribution of material that is offensive to others is prohibited.

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  • Resident Handbook: Student Networking Protocol 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Do not harass others or send threatening, offensive, or obscene materials or messages to others. Altering of email headers is prohibited.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Responsible Use of University Computing Resources 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Any form of harassment by electronic means (e.g., email, web access, phone, paging) whether through language, content, frequency or size of messages is prohibited.

    Examples of Unacceptable Use: … Using technology resources to engage in fraud, defamatory, abusive, unethical, indecent, obscene, pornographic and/or unlawful activities is prohibited.

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  • Discrimination/Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unlawful workplace harassment is conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance. For the purposes of this policy, it is conduct based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other basis protected by law. It can also be conduct involving epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts, or written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion and that is on the premise or circulated in the workplace.

    Examples of inappropriate conduct which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: … Sexual innuendo, suggestive sexual comments, notes or letters. Sexual comments or inappropriate references to gender. Sexually oriented kidding or other harassing acts or behavior directed against a person on the basis of an individual’s sex or sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Teasing or joking, sexually degrading or vulgar words. The display of sexually oriented obscene printed or visual material (including through e-mail or Internet use or other electronic means). Use of offensive gestures or body motions ….

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  • Student Organization Guidebook: Invitation of Off-Campus Speakers 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    A request in writing to invite an outside speaker will be considered by the Vice President for Student Affairs only when made by a registered student organization at least ten University working days in advance of the scheduled event. The request shall include (a) the name of the sponsoring organization; (b) name of the speaker; (c) time and date; (d) desired location of the meeting; (e) expected size of the audience; and (f) topic of speech.

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  • Student Organization Guidebook: Distribution of Materials 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Students acting individually or on behalf of a registered student organization/group may distribute written material at designated on-campus locations after reserving those locations with the site administrator.

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  • Resident Handbook: Obscene Material 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Obscene materials including posters, signs etc. are not allowed in public areas (suite common area doors & walls, hall walls and outside of room doors). Obscene material is defined as 1) Material that is overtly, sexually suggestive. 2) Material that is offensive or morally objectionable to the community standard. 3) Material that is utterly without any social or artistic value.

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  • The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Student Conduct Standards 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.

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  • The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Student Conduct Standards 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, stalking, bullying and/or coercion which endangers or tends to endanger the safety, health, or life of any person (including self).

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  • The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that represents unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may occur when: … The conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s curricular, co-curricular, or work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, employment, or on-campus living environment.

     

    Examples of inappropriate conduct which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following, when such acts or behaviors come within one of the above definitions: …
    d. Displaying or transmitting sexually suggestive language, pictures, objects, cartoons, or posters.
    e. Writing sexually suggestive notes or letters.
    f. Referring to or calling a person a sexually oriented name.
    g. Telling sexual jokes or using sexually vulgar or explicit language.
    h. Derogatory or provoking remarks about or relating to an individual’s sex or sexual orientation.
    i. Harassing acts or behavior directed against a person on the basis of an individual’s sex or sexual orientation.
    j. Off-campus conduct which falls within the above definition and affects the individual’s on-campus environment.

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  • Resident Handbook: Physical or Verbal Abuse 13-14

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

    You are expected to treat all persons with respect and dignity. You are not permitted to physically or verbally assault any resident including yourself. This includes sexual assault, harassment and/or threats. Slurs regarding a person’s racial, ethnic, or sexual orientation are considered verbal abuse. All forms of physical or verbal abuse are prohibited, including over the phone or via the internet/social media (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)

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Green Light Policies
  • Advocacy Group Takes Aim at Several YSU Policies

    April 17, 2014

    By Lauren Wood at WKBN The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, using the website thefire.org, analyzes speech policies on universities across the country and grades them green light, yellow light or red light. FIRE said its mission is to make students and universities aware of policies that are not in line with the rights granted by the First Amendment. YSU is one of 10 Ohio universities to receive red light ratings from the agency for at least one policy. FIRE said its concern is with several anti-harassment policies that ban “offensive” speech. They said “offensive” is too broad a term and […]

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  • Do campus tribunals wield too much power?

    March 13, 2006

    By John Higgins at The Beacon Journal A Summit County jury found Charles Plinton not guilty of selling drugs to a confidential informant in 2004. A few weeks later, a University of Akron disciplinary board found him “responsible” for “selling drugs to a confidential informant.” The difference between those two words — guilty and responsible — may not sound meaningful to the average person. But it’s a distinction that begins to explain the secretive world of college justice in which campus committees may re-try the facts of serious crimes after criminal courts have already decided them. Critics see the hearings […]

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