Bridgewater State University

Location: Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Bridgewater 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: Free Speech and Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Category: Security Fee Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    The need for university staff support, including police support, in conjunction with any use of facilities or areas, shall be determined by the chief of police or designee, in coordination with the chief of police. Users may be required to sign an agreement to reimburse the university for any out-of-pocket costs ari... Read More
  • Massachusetts State Universities Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    Discriminatory harassment. A form of unlawful discrimination including verbal and/or physical conduct based on legally protected characteristics and/or membership in a protected class that: 1. has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment; 2. ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    “Bullying” means the severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another individual that has the effect of: causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to the other student’s... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    The following list of behaviors is intended to represent the types of acts that constitute violations of The Student Code. Although the list is extensive, it should not be regarded as all­inclusive. All community members are responsible for knowing and observing all Policies. … Harming behavior, which includes... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Responsible Use of Information Technology

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    Use only computer accounts and communication facilities which you are duly authorized to use and use them for the purposes for which they were intended; for example, you should not use University information technology to run a private business for financial gain or to solicit others for commercial ventures, religio... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Free Expression Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    As defined below, public forum areas are generally available for speeches and demonstrations between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Except as further provided below, the use of these areas for speaking, demonstrating, and other forms of expression must be approved at least 24 hours in advance by the ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Free Expression Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    With the approval of the chief of police or designee at least 24 hours in advance, non-commercial pamphlets, handbills, circulars, newspapers, magazines, and other written materials may be distributed on a person-to-person basis in open areas on campus that are at least 10 feet from the entrances or exits of univers... Read More
  • Sexual Violence Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 23, 2018

    Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is prohibited when: submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education; and/or submission to, or rejection of, such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions aff... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • ‘Boston Globe’ Defends Bridgewater State Newspaper

    May 4, 2012

    Recently, we’ve highlighted the threats to freedom of the press regarding The Comment, a student newspaper at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Massachusetts, after it published the name and some other identifying information of a BSU student who had spoken publicly about her experiences as a victim of sexual assault at a BSU "Take Back… Read more