Alabama A&M University

Location: Normal, Alabama
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Alabama A&M 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.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Responsible Use of University Computing and Electronic Communications Resources

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 12, 2016

    Harassing others by sending annoying, abusive, profane, threatening, defamatory or offensive messages is prohibited.

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  • Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 12, 2016

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose of effect of interfering with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

    Examples of conduct prohibited by this policy include, but are not limited to:

    • Unwelcome sexual flirtation, advances, or propositions;
    • Verbal comments related to an individual’s age, race, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation;
    • Explicit or degrading verbal comments about another individual or his/her appearance;
    • Commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess or sexual deficiencies;
    • Leering, catcalls or touching;
    • Insulting or obscene comments or gestures;
    • The display of sexually suggestive pictures or objects in any workplace location including transmission or display via computer or cell phone (for example, emails or texts)

    Harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law, is also strictly prohibited.

    Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation in the workplace of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group (including through e-mail or text messaging).

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Offenses Related to Others

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 12, 2016

    Physically or verbally abusing, assaulting, threatening, endangering, or harassing any person either intentionally or recklessly.

    Participating in hazing or harassment, which includes actions or situations that do or could result in mental, emotional, or physical discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule, or endangerment whether intentionally, for fun, or by consent.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: May 12, 2016

    Alabama A & M University recognizes that there are many forms of sexual misconduct and harassment and will abide by the applicable laws as it relates to sexual harassment and sexual assault. The University holds more stringent standards in order to provide a safe and conducive learning environment for all members of its community. For the purposes of communicating a clear and concise policy, we define sexual harassment and assault as the following:

    Alabama A & M University defines sexual harassment as any and all unwelcomed sexual advances between members of the same and/or opposite sex. Sexual advances are defined as, but not limited to:

    1. verbal comments of a suggestive nature;
    2. visual or written materials that include content that is sexual in nature; and/or
    3. physical touching without consent.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Residence Life: Sanctions and/or Fines for Student Housing Violations

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: May 12, 2016

    Disorderly Conduct (Includes, but not limited to, use of profanity, public nudity, drunkenness and lewdness.)

    First Offense – $100.00 Fine, letter of reprimand and refer to counseling

    Second Offense – $200.00, 48 hours to vacate campus housing

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  • Student Handbook: Distribution and Public Posting of Literature

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 12, 2016

    All postings by student organizations, individual students, or individuals and organizations not affiliated with the University must be approved by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development, located in the 209 Ralph Lee University Center.

    Signs must represent a student organization or individual student in a positive way, as they are a reflection of the University, the individual or group as a whole. The postings must reflect the values of the University as embodied in the Student Code of Conduct. No signs may be derogatory towards any person (regardless of affiliation) group, university department or entity on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, ethnic background or sexual orientation. The signs must not contain any profane, vulgar, or inappropriate content.

    Literature may be distributed on University properties or at official University functions subject to the following provisions: … **Inappropriate literature (i.e. literature that is lewd, vulgar, profane in nature or advertising alcohol/drink specials) may not be posted or distributed.**

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  • Troy art student sues after nude photos banned

    November 1, 2005

    An art student sued Troy University on Monday, saying the school violated his free speech rights by censoring his artwork and implementing a campus speech code that unconstitutionally restricts speech. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, contends Troy officials removed portions of Blake Dews’ artwork because it featured female nudity. The university issued a statement defending its decision on Dews’ art. ”The photographs in question displayed male full frontal nudity and the university did not consider the photographs to be consistent with our community ‘s standards,” the statement said. ”This is a matter now under litigation and […]

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.