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 Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Security Fee Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    The need for university staff support, including police support, in conjunction with any use of facilities or areas, shall be determined by University Events or the BSU Police Department, as applicable. Users may be required to sign an agreement to reimburse the university for any out-of-pocket costs arising from st... Read More
  • Massachusetts State Universities Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    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 Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    “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 individua... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

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

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    Use only accounts and communication facilities which you are duly authorized to use and 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, religious or political ca... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Free Speech and Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    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 Speech and Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    With the approval of the chief of police or designee at least 24 hours in advance, noncommercial 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 universi... Read More
  • MA State Universities Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 1, 2021

    Section V.1 Title IX Prohibited Sexual Harassment (a) Sexual Harassment The Universities prohibit, under this Policy, conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following conditions: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive t... Read More
  • Faculty Network interview: Aeon J. Skoble, Bridgewater State University

    March 4, 2022

    In this occasional feature, FIRE interviews members of our Faculty Network to discuss their research, teaching, and advocacy on free expression at their institutions. This month, we talked with Aeon J. Skoble, a professor of philosophy who was recently appointed Bruce and Patricia Bartlett Chair in Free Speech and Expression at Bridgewater State University. In… Read more

  • FIRE calls on Bridgewater State University to uphold academic freedom by rejecting proposed changes to research-approval body

    July 20, 2021

    In the wake of last summer’s racial justice protests, Bridgewater State University was one of many colleges and universities that redoubled efforts to promote anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus. Unfortunately, one of those efforts risks undermining free speech and academic freedom by subjecting faculty research to an unduly restrictive, ideologically motivated prior review…. Read more

  • ‘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