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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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.

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  • Student Organization Guidebook: Invitation of Off-Campus Speakers 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    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: Offensive Material 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Offensive materials including posters, signs etc. are not allowed in public areas (suite doors & walls, hall walls and outside
    of room doors).

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  • The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Misconduct 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    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 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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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  • Resident Handbook: Physical or Verbal Abuse 12-13

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

    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.

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Green Light Policies
  • The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Basic Rights 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    The following enumeration of basic rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights and privileges retained by students in their capacity as members of the student body or as citizens of the community at large:
    1. The right of free inquiry, expression, and/or assembly.

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  • The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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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  • 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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