FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for January 2018: Dartmouth College.
Once a “green light” institution, Dartmouth has adopted more restrictive policies over the past several years. First came a bias-reporting policy that earns a yellow light rating for its potential to chill speech on a variety of political and social issues. Now, FIRE has learned that Dartmouth also maintains an Acceptable Use Policy that prohibits users of Dartmouth’s IT resources from posting or transmitting any “offensive” content. This incredibly broad restriction means that Dartmouth now earns FIRE’s poorest, red light rating — reserved for colleges [...] » Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for December 2017: Utah State University.
Utah State’s Student Code requires that “[a]ll interactions with faculty members, staff members, and other students shall be conducted with courtesy, civility, decency, and a concern for personal dignity.”
On the surface, this might sound reasonable: what’s wrong with asking for basic civility and respect? These are things I personally support — in fact, I consider the restoration of civil debate to be of critical importance to our increasingly polarized society. The problem here — to borrow a phrase from parents around the country, myself included — [...] » Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for November 2017: California State University, East Bay.» Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for October 2017: University of North Georgia.
UNG’s Student Code of Conduct defines “discrimination” as “[c]onduct and/or expressions that harass, demean, or degrade any individual or group of individuals who are members of a protected class.”
This policy prohibits an extraordinary amount of constitutionally protected speech — speech that the University of North Georgia, a public institution, is required by the First Amendment to protect. While the university may legitimately prohibit unlawfully harassing conduct, it may not prohibit speech simply because an individual or group finds that speech subjectively demeaning or degrading. Harassment, [...] » Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for September 2017: Middle Georgia State University.» Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for August 2017: Case Western Reserve University.» Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for July 2017: College of the Holy Cross. This is Holy Cross’ second time earning the Speech Code of the Month distinction; the last time was seven years ago this month, in July 2010, for a ban on “causing emotional injury” that persists to this day.» Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for June 2017: the University of South Dakota.» Read More
FIRE announces our Speech Code of the Month for May 2017: Virginia State University, where a policy on “Rallies, Public Assemblies and Demonstrations” requires student organizations to submit a formal request for “written approval … at least 10 days in advance of the demonstration.”» Read More