Speech Code of the Month

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Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for December 2006: Johns Hopkins University. Hopkins’ brand new Principles for Ensuring Equity, Civility and Respect for All prohibit “rude, disrespectful behavior” at the university. This policy virtually necessitates abuse, since it is so broad that it could never be enforced across the board, instead leaving students... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2006: University of Maine – Presque Isle. The University of Maine – Presque Isle’s (UMPI’s) Residence Hall Guide contains a harassment policy that states: “Even if the harassment is unintentional (e.g., an off-hand comment or joke) it still occurs and will not be tolerated.” As... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for October 2006: University of Mississippi. The University of Mississippi’s General Telephone Policy provides that, on calls made to and from campus telephones, “offensive language is not to be used. All reported incidents of anyone using offensive language is referred to the Campus Police for further action.”... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for September 2006: Drexel University. There are some trends that, once they go out of style the first time, should never be revived. But some people won’t learn. In the fashion world, for example, leggings and high-waisted, tapered-leg “mom jeans” have (to my horror) regained popularity. And... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for August 2006: Colorado State University. Colorado State University’s Residence Hall Handbook bans “hate incidents,” which it defines as: [E]xpressions of hostility against a person or property because of a person’s race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, ability, age, gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Expressions... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for July 2006: Macalester College. As a private university, Macalester is not bound by the First Amendment. It is, however, bound by the contractual promises it makes to its students. Macalester’s Student Handbook provides that “[t]he relationships between Macalester College and its students is a legal and... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for June 2006: Coast Community College District. The Coast Community College District consists of three California community colleges with a total enrollment of more than 60,000 students: Coastline Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. You may remember that FIRE had to intervene at Orange... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for May 2006: University of Miami. The University of Miami’s “Harassment or Harm to Others” policy, found on page 64 of the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, prohibits: Any words or acts, whether intentional or a product of the disregard for the safety, rights, or welfare of... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for April 2006: Barnard College. This speech code deserves special recognition because it accomplishes the unique feat of violating itself. The Barnard College Posting Policy provides that “the following words cannot appear on any posted information at Barnard—shit, piss, suck, cunt, fuck, motherfucker, cocksucker and tits.” So... Read more Read more


Speech Code of the Month

FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for March 2006: Davidson College. Attention, theater majors at Davidson: you’d better think twice before putting on a production of Guys and Dolls or Funny Girl. That’s because Davidson’s Sexual Harassment Policy prohibits the use of “patronizing remarks” such as “referring to an adult as ‘girl,’ ‘boy,’... Read more Read more



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