Baylor University

Location: Waco, Texas
Website: http://www.baylor.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Baylor University has been given the speech code rating Warning. FIRE provides a "Warning" rating to prospective students and faculty members when a private university clearly and consistently states that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech. Read more here.

At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
Not Rated Policies
  • BU-PP 028: Civil Rights Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    Behavior that violates the student disciplinary policy or the personnel policy may be a basis for discipline, whether or not the behavior violates someone’s civil rights. For example, one statement regarding another’s sexual activity may not be sexual harassment as defined in civil rights laws, but such a statement may nonetheless be inappropriate and form the basis of discipline.

    Hostile environment sexual harassment contemplates unwelcome sexual conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive enough to alter the employment or educational environment. For example:

    a. It may be sexual harassment if a professor engages in a pattern of sexual comments (not legitimately related to the subject matter of the course if one is involved) intended to discomfort or humiliate a student.

    b. It may be sexual harassment for a supervisor to engage in a pattern of sexual comments, such as inquiries into sexual activity, or sexual behavior, such as touching of oneself or of the employee in a sexual manner, that would interfere with the working environment of a reasonable employee.

    Whether or not such sexual conduct is sexual harassment depends on such factors as the nature of the conduct, the frequency of such conduct and whether or not the conduct was welcomed.

     

     

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  • Student Policies and Procedures: Campus Speakers

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    Speakers whose purposes and methods are basically contrary to the purposes and methods of a Christian university such as Baylor should not be invited. The use of profanity shall not be tolerated.

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  • BU-PP 025: Technology Systems Usage Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    Fraudulent, harassing, offensive, or obscene messages or materials are not to be sent, printed, requested, displayed, or stored on Baylor-owned or operated technology systems. Information that invades an individual’s privacy or is disparaging of an individual or business must not be published without the express consent of the person or business entity.

    Baylor University contracts with a professional Web-filtering service to block sites that this vendor designates as adult content (e.g., obscenity, pornography).

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  • Guide to Community Living: Residential Policies & Procedures- Obscene Material

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    Obscene material, including but not limited to, pornographic literature, X-rated movies, posters depicting full or partial nudity, displays of profanity (verbal or written), and language or images that are offensive to others are prohibited from all on-campus residential communities. This standard also applies to obscene material on computers.

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  • Student Policies and Procedures: Statement on Human Sexuality

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    It is thus expected that Baylor students will not participate in advocacy groups which promote understandings of sexuality that are contrary to biblical teaching.

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  • Student Policies and Procedures: Student Conduct Code- Misconduct Defined

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    The following examples of misconduct are not inclusive but are intended to give a student an idea of the types of behavior that may result in disciplinary action.

    Expression that is inappropriate in the setting of Baylor University and in opposition to the Christian ideals which it strives to uphold.

    Contemptuous or disrespectful behavior.

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  • Student Organization Policies: Expectations for Events Involving Expressive Activity

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    Student organization expressive activity must be registered with the Department of Student Activities and follow all guidelines as requested by Student Activities in the event approval notice. … Signage, leaflets, or other distributable or displayable materials will be reviewed prior to expressive activity for approval. … The University reserves the right to control time, place, message, and manner of the expressive activity.

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  • Student Policies and Procedures: Campus Facilities Use and Campus Solicitation Policy

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: October 15, 2015

    Baylor University is a private university controlled by an all-Baptist board of regents operated within the Christian-oriented aims and ideals of Baptists, and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, a cooperative association of autonomous Texas Baptist churches. Accordingly, the campus is private property; and no party may enter or remain upon it without the consent of the University. Furthermore, no party may conduct or participate in an activity, including any facilities use or campus solicitation, that would embarrass or bring discredit to the Convention or to Baylor in the view of their constituencies.

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  • The Schools Where Free Speech Goes to Die

    January 21, 2016

    By Katha Pollitt at The Nation Trigger warnings, safe spaces, micro-aggressions—in 2015, pundits, politicians, and other serious people had a lot of fun bemoaning academia as a liberal la-la land where hands are held and minds are coddled. I’m rather old-school when it comes to free expression. I didn’t go for author and Northwestern professor Laura Kipnis’s notorious essay cheering professor-student affairs, but surely it was overkill for grad students to bring charges against her under Title IX for having a “chilling effect” on student victims’ willingness to come forward. Wouldn’t writing a letter to the editor have sufficed? As for […]

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  • Baylor Follow-Up: Remaking the Case for Mandatory Reporting

    September 16, 2015

    On Monday, we ran an article here on The Torch about how Baylor University seems to have dropped the ball on the campus sexual assault investigation into football player Sam Ukwuachu. FIRE argued that this case demonstrates how poorly equipped schools are to adjudicate serious crimes like rape, underscoring our position that not only should law enforcement and courts be involved in these cases, but schools should also be required to report sexual assault allegations to the local authorities. This assertion garnered pushback. The two key criticisms of FIRE’s position are that (1) mandatory reporting forces victims to involve police, […]

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  • Baylor Rape Controversy More Evidence Colleges Unequipped to Decide Sexual Assault Cases

    September 14, 2015

    Baylor University’s decision not to punish football player Sam Ukwuachu, who was later convicted of rape in a criminal proceeding using the customary “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof, gives us a chance to reiterate FIRE’s position that police and actual courts of law—not campus administrators—should be investigating and adjudicating these serious crimes. Despite the fact that it would use only a low, “preponderance of the evidence” standard to determine his guilt, Baylor said it still didn’t have enough evidence to pursue charges against Ukwuachu, who was accused of rape by a fellow student athlete. Reports on what Baylor […]

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  • F.A.C.T. Rally at Delta Kappa Epsilon

    April 15, 2005

    On Tuesday morning on the front lawn of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) house, approximately 300 students and several members of the media gathered to participate in the Freedom of Association: the Coalition for Truth (F.A.C.T.) Rally. The rally focused on protesting Colgate’s Residential Plan, which, according to the official Colgate website, will require all Greek-letter organizations to be based in University housing. The University plan requires the sale of all Greek letter houses to the University. At the current time, all Greek-letter alumni associations are voting on whether or not to sell their houses to Colgate. Thus far, DKE […]

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