Cleveland State University

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Type: Public
Thank Cleveland State University for its commitment to free speech.

Speech Code Rating

Cleveland State University has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.
  • 3344-2-03: Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 23, 2021

    (1) Harassment is unwelcome verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, electronic or other conduct that subjects an individual to an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or employment environment, is based on one or more of the characteristics listed above, and which: (a) Denigrates, insults, ridicules, dispar... Read More
  • Resident Handbook: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 23, 2021

    You may not display behavior directed to another person including but not limited to, stalking, physical force, or violence.  You may not interfere with another person’s personal safety, academic studies, employment, or participation in residence life events. This includes any behavior that causes another person to ... Read More
  • 3344-7-05: Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 23, 2021

    Rules and regulations that apply to other forms of communications at the university also apply to e-mail. In addition, the following specific actions and uses of university e-mail are improper: … Use of e-mail to harass or threaten other individuals. Read More
  • 3344-2-06 Expressive Activity Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies, Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 23, 2021

    (a) Any person or group may use for expressive activity, without prior approval or reservation, any outdoor area of campus except parking lots, garages and driveways. Federal, state and local laws will be enforced as applicable. The use of walkways or other common areas for expressive activity may not block the free... Read More
  • Interim Title IX Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 23, 2021

    The University prohibits Covered Sexual Harassment against any student, employee or visitor to campus. For the purposes of this Title IX Grievance Procedure, “Covered Sexual Harassment” includes any conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable p... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Litigation against student newspapers remains uncommon, but recent suits counsel vigilance

    April 14, 2022

    Whenever I teach workshops on media law for student journalists, at least one student inevitably asks how likely they are to get sued. “Probably not very likely,” I usually respond, with some amount of confidence. You see, lawsuits against student journalists and college publications are very uncommon. They happen about once a year, on average,… Read more

  • Cleveland State University settles with artist for $50,000 over censorship

    May 8, 2019

    Cleveland State University settled a lawsuit this week with sculptor Billie Lawless. Readers of FIRE’s blog may remember that last fall, the university censored Lawless’s sculpture The Politician: A Toy, which has been on campus since 2008. The sculpture has always featured provocative phrases, but when CSU censored the most recent update — ”BUILD A… Read more

  • Cleveland State University faces lawsuit for art censorship

    February 12, 2019

    Late last month, professional artist Billie Lawless filed a lawsuit against Cleveland State University over its decision to censor a sculpture that has been on campus under a contractual agreement since 2008. As FIRE readers know, concerns about campus art censorship are common, and we documented our frequent brushes with this issue last summer in… Read more

  • Universities should endorse free expression now, avoid criticism later

    October 20, 2017

    In the latest iteration of targeted fliers on college campuses, Cleveland State University (CSU) students woke up Monday morning to find buildings plastered with posters urging members of the LGBT community to commit suicide. However vile one may find them to be, these posters are protected under the First Amendment. Rightfully, CSU President Ronald Berkman… Read more

  • Cleveland State Adopts New Campus Speech Policy, Shows Why It’s a ‘Green Light’ School

    February 15, 2016

    Cleveland State University (CSU) has adopted an “Expressive Activity Policy” to clarify and safeguard the free speech rights afforded to its students under the First Amendment. The CSU policy, adopted November 30, 2015, uses the same language as the policy that was previously developed in a collaborative effort between FIRE and the University of Toledo… Read more