Alabama State University

Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Website: http://www.alasu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Alabama 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

  • Discrimination & Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    The University prohibits the discrimination and harassment of individuals based upon any protected basis: race, national origin, religion, age (40 and over), marital status, disability, sex, and sexual orientation. The University will not tolerate any form of harassment or any offensive conduct that has the effect of severely interfering with an employee’s work performance or a student’s school performance or creating an intimidating or hostile work environment.

    Harassment is behavior (visual, physical or verbal) that has the effect of humiliating, intimidating or coercing another. It is behavior that causes discomfort, embarrassment or emotional distress. It is unwelcome behavior that is persistent and/or pervasive and has the intent or effect of interfering with another’s work performance or creating a hostile environment.

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when such conduct is directed toward an individual because of his or her gender and has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment or unreasonably interfering with another’s work performance.

    Generally, a single sexual joke, offensive epithet, or request for a date does not constitute sexual harassment; however, being subjected to such jokes, epithets, or requests repeatedly may constitute sexual harassment. Examples of sexual harassment include but are not limited to:

    • Physical – Engaging in sexually suggestive physical contact or touching another employee in a way that is unwelcome, such as pinching, patting, or grabbing.
    • Verbal – Derogatory comments, slurs, or other offensive words or comments made on the basis of gender whether made in general or whether directed to an individual or to a group of people regardless of whether the behavior was intended to harass. Telling jokes of a sexual nature; making sexually oriented comments on a person’s appearance, sexual rumors, code words, and stories.
    • Visual- Posted material, e-mails or material placed in or on University equipment or on one’s own personal property or body (including clothing and tattoos) in the workplace, which is offensive on the basis of gender. In determining whether alleged sexually harassing conduct warrants corrective action, all relevant circumstances, including the context in which the conduct occurred, will be considered. Facts will be judged on the basis of what is reasonable to persons of ordinary sensitivity and not on the particular sensitivity or reaction of an individual.

    Discriminatory Hostile Environment: Unwanted or persistent verbal or physical conduct made on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, disability, marital status, gender, or age (40 and over) which creates a hostile or intimidating work environment or which unreasonably interferes with an individual’s job performance and/or opportunities constitutes discriminatory hostile environment harassment.

    Examples include, but are not limited to:

    • Offensive language
    • Racial or ethnic slurs
    • Demeaning or derogatory comments made on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, disability, marital status, gender, age, or disability

    Hostile conduct can occur whether made in general, directed to an individual, or to a group of people regardless of whether the behavior was intended to harass.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Policy Regarding Abuse of Computers and Network Systems 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Policy violations fall into four categories that involve the use of electronic communications to:

    Harass, threaten, or otherwise cause harm to specific individuals, for example, sending an individual repeated and unwanted (harassing) e-mail or using e-mail to threaten or stalk someone.

    Download or post to University computers, or transport across University networks, material that is illegal, proprietary, in violation of University contracts, or otherwise is damaging to the institution, for example, launching a computer virus, distributing pornography via the web, or posting a University site-licensed program to a public bulletin board; Other examples include information dealing with cults or the occult, hacking, hate speech, nudism and naturalism, peer to peer file sharing, adult pornography, sexual orientation, and weapons.

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  • Student Discipline: Disciplinary Code of Conduct and Procedures 14-15

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

    Other prohibited offenses: … Disorderly or offensive behavior.

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  • The Pilot: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Preamble 14-15

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

    Students must refrain from using four-letter words and other obscenities that are not accepted standards of decency at Alabama State University to parents, students, visitors, professional staff, and others. Violations may be subject to judicial action under the category of verbal abuse.

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  • The Pilot: University Policy on Sexual Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favor and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when … (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment or the assignment of better academic grades or favorable consideration for academic or social advancement.

    Sexual harassment may be of a homosexual or heterosexual nature and may consist of the following: 1. sexually suggestive language;
    2. derogatory sexual comments ….

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Posting Information on Campus 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    Organizations are encouraged to demonstrate good judgment and avoid offensive or lewd comments or pictures on all publicity materials. Any materials found objectionable may be rejected for posting by approving departments. Signs posted without approval and those where forged approval is detected will be removed and the organization responsible for posting the signs will be restricted from further use of posting privileges on campus.

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  • Student Organization Handbook: Use of University Facilities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    All organizations must submit a Facility Request Form. This form is located in office #234 W in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    The Facility Request Form must be submitted three weeks prior to the requested date.

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