Arkansas State University

Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Arkansas State University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more
  • Student Handbook: Appropriate Use of Information & Technology Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    Conduct that violates this policy includes, but is not limited to, the activities in the following list: … Transmitting or reproducing materials that are slanderous or defamatory in nature or that otherwise violate existing laws or university regulations. Initiating or propagating electronic chain letters. In... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Campus Signs, Posters & Promotional Material Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    1. All notices and printed materials must carry the name of the organization responsible for distribution. Organizations are responsible for notices or printed materials bearing the names of individuals identified thereon as officers or members of the organization. … 7. Groups desiring to place flyers on autom... Read More
  • Affirmative Action: Other Discriminatory Offenses

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally (that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the 1st Amendment). Read More
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of self or others … Read More
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    Unwelcome gender-based verbal or physical conduct and occurs when: … Such conduct is severe, pervasive, and objectionably offensive such that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive university environment. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct- Preamble

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    The following principles are part of the collective expectation of the members of this community relative to personal conduct. Ethical Behavior — The pursuit of a higher education is a privilege. Associated with that privilege is an obligation to aspire to a set of principles and values that demonstrate a commitment... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Residence Life- Decorations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    The following decorations are prohibited: … Displaying material that is generally accepted as offensive or that is biased against any person or groups so it is visible from outside a student residence (such as in windows or on doors). Read More
  • Freedom of Expression Operating Procedure

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    Expressive activities are allowed on all outdoor areas of campus subject to the reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions set forth in this Operating Procedure as well as all applicable state and federal laws. The campus shall not create free speech zones or other designated outdoor areas of campus outside of ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    Disrupting the regular or normal functions of the Arkansas State University community, including behavior which breaches the peace, limits the safety or violates the rights of others. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Academic Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    The basic necessity for achievement of these purposes is freedom of expression and assembly. Without this freedom, effective testing of ideas cease and teaching, learning and research are rendered ineffective. … The university, in its relationship to each student, recognizes the constitutional rights of freedo... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Student Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2020

    Any form of conduct (written, verbal, physical, graphic, or electronic) that is 1) unwanted; 2) directed towards an individual or group of people; and 3) so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that a reasonable person with the same characteristics of the of the victim would be adversely affected to a degree... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.