Boise State University

Location: Boise, Idaho
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Boise 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
  • CARE: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    Harassment is a form of discrimination and consists of unwelcome behavior that is based upon a person’s protected class. Harassment includes conduct that demeans or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her protected class and sufficiently creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive envir... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Proscribed Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    A “Hostile Environment” is created if conduct is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it creates an environment that would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress and undermine their ability to work, study, learn, or otherwise participate in University programs or services, and actually does cau... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Proscribed Conduct- Disorderly Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    Disorderly conduct may include, but is not limited to: 1. Conduct that a reasonable person would find offensive such as disorderly, disruptive, lewd, indecent, obscene, and/or profane behavior; Read More
  • Boise State University Policy #1060: Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 9, 2019

    Harassment – Unwelcome or offensive behavior that is based upon an individual’s or group’s Protected Class. Harassment may include conduct that is verbal, written, or physical in nature. Harassment that creates a Hostile Environment is prohibited by this policy. A person is capable of engaging in prohibited Harassme... Read More
  • Statement of Shared Values

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    Membership in the campus community is a privilege and requires its members to conduct themselves ethically with integrity and civility. … In a culture of intellectual inquiry and debate, where the search for knowledge and discovery flourish, campus community members are expected to demonstrate civility, abide ... Read More
  • Student Organization Handbook: Soliciting, Fundraising and Publicity

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    Soliciting, fundraising and general publicity may take place only at designated, reserved locations. These reservations can be made through University Event Services by filling out an Event Request on OrgSync. Distribution, solicitation, or fundraising will not be allowed away from the assigned location. Fundraising... Read More
  • Boise State University Policy # 1065: Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    Hostile Environment – Conduct that is so severe, pervasive, or persistent that it creates an environment that would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress and undermine their ability to work, study, learn, or otherwise participate in University programs or services, and actually does cause the hara... Read More
  • Boise State University Policy # 8000: Information Technology Resource Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    The First Amendment rights of academic freedom and freedom of expression, including the responsibilities associated with those rights, apply to the use of University IT Resources. … University IT resources shall not be used for: … Visiting, viewing or distributing Internet sites or materials that contain... Read More
  • Boise State University Policy # 1100: Use of University Space

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    Boise State University is a state institution of higher education supportive of the right of free expression and Speech Activities by the University Community and others. … So long as it does not constitute Disrupting Activity, pamphlets, signs, notices, brochures, banners, handouts, flyers, and other free-exp... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 8, 2019

    As a Member of the University Community, students enjoy the same freedoms of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition that all citizens enjoy. Read More
  • Boise State Revises Speech-Restrictive Policies to Settle First Amendment Lawsuit

    June 4, 2015

    Last June, student group Abolitionists4Life filed a First Amendment lawsuit against Boise State University for restricting members’ flyer distribution to one of eight “speech zones” that total less than 1 percent of the Boise State campus and for demanding that the group provide warning signs around their displays because they were “controversial.” Aided by Alliance… Read more

  • Boise State Works Toward Revising Some Restrictive Policies

    September 15, 2014

    Sometimes, the enforcement of an unconstitutional speech policy can be an eye-opening experience for college administrators, leading to a greater understanding of the need for precise language that appropriately protects speech rights on campus. This appears to be the case at Boise State University (BSU), which late last week formally agreed to work toward revising… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Boise State University

    September 10, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for September 2014: Boise State University.
    Boise State’s Information Technology Resource Use policy (PDF) prohibits the use of university IT resources for “displaying, transmitting, retrieving, or storing inappropriate or offensive material,” unless “identified and pre-approved in writing by the [Vice President for] Academic Affairs and Provost as part of legitimate research, teaching, or academic pursuits.”

  • Concern Mounts Over Boise State’s Speech Policies

    July 15, 2014

    Earlier this month, FIRE intervened at Boise State University (BSU), where administrators saddled the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) with an unconstitutional security fee for hosting an event featuring gun rights activist and former Supreme Court litigant Dick Heller. BSU attempted to justify the fee by pointing to alleged concerns about a non-student encouraging attendees to openly carry firearms at the event—despite the fact that YAL had publicly cautioned that such behavior was prohibited. We warned BSU that its policies allowing the imposition of security fees on speech based on the potential reaction of listeners violate the Supreme Court’s longstanding First Amendment jurisprudence.

  • Gun Rights Activist’s Speech Draws Unconstitutional Security Fees at Boise State

    July 7, 2014

    BOISE, Idaho, July 7, 2014—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has intervened at Boise State University after the college charged a student group hundreds of dollars in unconstitutional security fees for hosting a speech by a gun rights activist. Boise State forced the campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to pay the… Read more

  • Victory for Free Speech and Religious Liberty at Boise State University

    August 11, 2009

    The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Christian Legal Society (CLS), after filing suit against Boise State University over its discriminatory exclusion of religious organizations from the ability to receive funding from student fees, announced yesterday that Boise State has rewritten its policies to give religious groups equal access to the funds along with other student… Read more