Auburn University Montgomery

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

Speech Code Rating

Auburn University Montgomery 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Title IX Grievance Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 22, 2016

    Sexual Harassment is defined as: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct is so severe and pervasive as to objectively interfere with the educational, living, or work performance or environment of a student or employee.

    […]

    There are three potential outcomes that could occur: …

    Finding of “Inappropriate Behavior Not Rising to the Level of a Violation” of the University’s Policy on Discrimination or Sexual Harassment

    There may be a determination that the behavior was inappropriate and unprofessional but did not rise to the level of violating this Policy. Such inappropriate behavior may merit discipline, ongoing monitoring, coaching, or other appropriate action. Neither party may appeal such a finding. If retaliatory behavior occurs after the issuance of this determination, either party may bring a complaint under this Policy.

     

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  • Guide to Residence Living: Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 7, 2015

    The posting of materials in public areas must be approved by Housing and Residence Life office,
    and the department reserves the right to refuse such postings that contain rude, vulgar, indecent,
    or obscene expressions.

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  • Policy Regarding Harassment Discrimination (Including Harassment) of Students

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 22, 2016

    Harassment in academic settings and in the employment arena where students are involved is defined as:

    Conduct (physical, verbal, graphic, written, or electronic) that is (1) unwelcome; (2) discriminatory on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, or disability; (3) directed at an individual or group in one of the protected classes outlined in this policy; and (4) that is sufficiently serious to interfere with or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by the University.

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  • Student Handbook: Advertising and Distribution Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 22, 2016

    All posters, announcements, advertisements, etc., placed in public areas on campus must be approved by the appropriate university office.

    Individuals and groups are encouraged to demonstrate good judgment and avoid offensive or lewd comments or drawings on all publicity material. Any materials found objectionable may be rejected for posting by the approving authorities.

    Political advertising is not allowed on campus.

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  • Student Handbook: Free Speech and Demonstration Regulations

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 22, 2016

    Auburn University at Montgomery reserves the right to require speakers to use the free speech area (located in the Grove Amphitheather) or an alternate site designated by public safety officials, to avoid unreasonable conflict with the normal functions and requirements of the university, to ensure safety of the participants and campus community, and to ensure that the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic will not be impeded. The area will be available Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The event must be scheduled and approved by the Chief Risk Management Office/Senior Director of Public Safety.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Discipline Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2016

    2.    Physical, mental or verbal abuse, including assault and/or battery, by any
    person who poses a clear and present threat to the health, safety or wellbeing
    of any person in the AUM community. This may be a single incident
    or a series of incidents.

    3.    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct which is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, limiting or denying someone the ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program.

    5.   Discriminatory harassment is defined as detrimental action based on an individual’s actual or perceived protected status that is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s educational program or activities.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Speech Code of the Month: Auburn University at Montgomery

    January 2, 2013

    Another year, a dozen more ridiculous speech codes. To kick off the new year, FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for January 2013: Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). AUM’s Policy Regarding Harassment and Discrimination of Students (PDF) prohibits harassment, which at AUM includes “jokes or other graphic or physical conduct relating to a student’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.” After years of writing this monthly feature, I often feel like a broken record, but I will keep repeating myself so long as universities continue not to understand: a public university […]

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