Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Location: Clarion, Pennsylvania
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Clarion University of Pennsylvania 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 here.

  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Acceptable Use of Technology Resources Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2017

    The use of computer systems, telecommunications facilities, networks or other electronic resources of the institution for the following purposes is deemed unacceptable: … To abuse, defame, harass or threaten another individual or group. … Other unauthorized acts or actions not in accordance with University policies, or not in the best interests of Clarion University.

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  • Judicial and Mediation Services: Bullying Information

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2017

    U.S. National Center for Education Statistics suggests that bullying can be classified into two categories: direct bullying, which consists of physical aggression, and indirect bullying (also known as social aggression), which more often consists of social isolation or emotional manipulation. If you feel that you are being bullied, please complete the Bullying Report Form.

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  • Sexual Misconduct Policy and Complaint Procedures: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2017

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature whether intentional or not, when:

    • The unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe, persistent, pervasive and objectively offensive as to substantially limit or interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities or equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities; OR
    • Such contact creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive living, working or educational environment.

    Sexual harassment is further defined as conduct that focuses on a person’s sexuality or gender, rather than on their contributions as a student, employee or member of the University community. Sexual harassment encompasses a full range of coercive, unwelcome behavior from subtle psychological force to physical acts.


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Green Light Policies
  • Student Rights, Regulations, and Procedures: Assembly Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2017

    Clarion University acknowledges the rights of individuals, regardless of their affiliation to the University, to assemble in groups. Therefore, anyone may distribute printed material, offer petitions for signature, make speeches, and hold protests or demonstrations outside university buildings. All such activities must avoid acts or credible threats of violence and preserve the normal operation of the university.

    This policy prohibits harm to others, damage to or defacement of property, blockage of access to university buildings, or the disruption of classes. The enforcement of this policy will not depend in any way on the message or sponsorship of the act or event. Should activities be deemed by the University Administration to interfere with the operation of the University, jeopardize the public safety, and/or fail to abide by the standards set forth above, the University Police may take any actions they deem appropriate, including ending the event.

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  • Student Rights, Regulations, and Procedures: Preamble

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 3, 2017

    Clarion University of Pennsylvania exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable for the attainment of these goals.

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  • Conduct Policies & Judicial Services: Conduct Policy and Regulation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 3, 2017

    Harassment which may be thought of as when the person uses intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person by striking, shoving, kicking or otherwise subjecting the person to physical contact, or attempts, or threatens to do the same. Harassment also includes following the person in or about a public place, or uses a course of repeated conduct serving no legitimate purpose after being told to cease this action.

    For purposes of this policy, unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature which are unwelcome constitute sexual harassment when: … The conduct directed at an individual is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it undermines and detracts for the victim’s educational experience. A reasonable person exhibiting the same characteristics of the victim of the harassing conduct would be adversely affected to a degree that interferes with their abilities to participate and utilize the benefits of an institutional activity, employment, academic performance, or resources.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • A Call for Clarion University to Reform Its Speech Codes

    February 13, 2014

    This week, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Clarion University of Pennsylvania student newspaper The Clarion Call about reforming Clarion’s unconstitutional speech codes. Like one in six colleges nationwide, Clarion restricts students’ expressive rights with a “free speech zone” policy, and letters to the editor like this are a good way to get students and faculty involved in challenging speech codes on campus. Check out my letter here. If you’re a student and you’re interested in changing your school’s speech codes, please consider joining FIRE’s Student Network or writing an op-ed or letter to the editor of […]

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  • Vandalism of Students’ Pro-life Display in Pa. Must Be Addressed

    April 27, 2011

    According to, last week saw the severe vandalism and destruction of a student group’s pro-life display at Clarion University, a public university in Pennsylvania. In an article yesterday that includes photos of the vandalism, Steven Ertelt reports that the display, “Cemetery of the Innocents,” features about 350 small pink and blue crosses to represent “unborn children who have been killed in abortions.” The photos show many of the crosses turned upside down or broken into pieces and streaked with red paint. One photo shows the words “Pro-Choice!” painted in red in front of one of the display’s signs. To make […]

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