Ball State University

Location: Muncie, Indiana
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Ball 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
  • Bias Incident Reporting

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    A bias incident is a behavior or act—verbal, written, or physical—that is personally directed against or targets an individual or group based on any of the following characteristics, perceived or actual, as defined below. race color religious belief sex marital status sexual orientation gender identity or expressio... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy- Harassment, Bullying, or Cyber-bullying

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: March 14, 2019

    Harassment, bullying, or cyber-bullying, are defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to or intended to intimidate, hurt, coerce, or control another person whether physically or emotionally. These behaviors include but are not limited to: creating web pages; posting photos on social networking si... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    Sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favor or other unwelcome 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, i.e., it is sufficiently seri... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: The Beneficence Pledge

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    Members of the Ball State University Community… pledge to act in a socially responsible way to treat each person in the Ball State community with civility, courtesy, compassion, and dignity; to respect the property and environment of the campus. Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    Conduct towards another person or identifiable group of persons that has the purpose or effect of (a) creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment, work environment, or environment for participation in a university activity; (b) unreasonably interfering with a person’s educational environment, living ... Read More
  • Information Technology Users’ Privileges and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    Ball State University reserves the right to limit or restrict the use of its information technology resources based on institutional priorities and financial considerations. Content found to be inconsistent with institutional purposes is subject to immediate suspension or removal by the administrator of the relevant... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Use of University Property for Expressive Activities Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    All events involving expressive activities must be scheduled and approved in advance of the event with the following exceptions: (1) an out-of-doors demonstration or assembly that is not reasonably expected to involve more than fifty (50) people; and (2) a distribution of materials by hand out-of-doors in designated... Read More
  • Anti-Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    Harassment of students or employees at Ball State University on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, gender*, sexual orientation, age or physical or mental disability is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. … The term “harassment,” as used in Paragraph 1 of this ... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 13, 2019

    As citizens, students of Ball State University enjoy the same basic rights and are bound by the same responsibilities to respect the rights of others as all other citizens. Among the basic rights are: freedom of speech; freedom of the press; freedom of peaceful assembly and association; freedom of political beliefs;... Read More
  • Ball State University: Policy on Outdoor Expression Used to Censor Professor’s Indoor Expression

    June 28, 2013

    On February 11, 2013, Ball State University Professor Dom Caristi was instructed by a Ball State official to remove an Italian flag hanging inside his office window. Leisa I. Julian, Associate Vice President for Business and Auxiliary Serves, cited Ball State’s Policy on the Use of University Property for Expressive Activities as the governing policy,… Read more

  • Ball State University: Threat to Religious Group’s Freedom of Association

    June 29, 2000

    In May 2000, religious freedom was under assault at Ball State University when administrators sought to stifle unpopular views and sincere religious convictions. The Christian Student Foundation was required by the school to adopt language in its constitution that would violate its fundamental Biblical principles. The student group requested an exemption, but Ball State ignored… Read more

  • Ball State Student’s Tweets Receive Criticism, No Official Sanction

    September 13, 2013

    After Ball State University Student Government Association (SGA) president Malachi Randolph posted a series of derogatory tweets last week, the Ball State administration shared just the right message about the repercussions of such speech: “His remarks are not a violation of any university policy or law,” said Tony Proudfoot, a university spokesperson. “He is likely… Read more

  • Ball State Professor’s Flag Flies Again, Thanks to FIRE

    June 28, 2013

    A head-scratching case of censorship involving a telecommunications professor, an Italian flag, an office window, and a policy designed to regulate outdoor signs and structures has fortunately come to a satisfactory end at Indiana’s Ball State University.  For roughly four years, Professor Dominic Caristi, a professor in Ball State’s Department of Telecommunications, hung a flag… Read more

  • First Amendment Lawsuit Challenges Ball State’s Regulation of Off-Campus Speech

    October 16, 2012

    A lawsuit filed last Thursday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is challenging Ball State University’s punishment of two students for their actions involving an apartment-mate, Brent Allred, who apparently failed to pay his share of the rent.   The two student plaintiffs allegedly pulled two pranks on Allred…. Read more