Cleveland State University

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • 3344-2-03: Discrimination/Harassment Policy

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

    “Harassment” is conduct towards another person or identifiable group of persons that has the purpose or effect of:

    (a) Creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment, work environment or environment for participation in a university activity;

    (b) Unreasonably interfering with a person’s educational environment, work environment or environment for participation in a University activity; or

    (c) Unreasonably affecting a person’s educational or work opportunities or participation in a university activity.

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Green Light Policies
  • Resident Handbook: Harassment

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

    You may not display behavior directed at another person including, but not limited to, stalking, physical force, or violence. You may not interfere with another person’s physical safety, academic studies, employment or participation in residence Life events. This includes any behavior that causes another person to have reasonable apprehension that such harm may occur.

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  • 3344-7-05: Acceptable Use

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

    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.

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  • 3344-2-06 Expressive Activity Policy

    Last updated: July 23, 2018

    (1) General Access
    (a) Any person or group may use, without prior notification, any publicly accessible outdoor area of the university’s 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 may not block the free passage of others or impede the regular operation of the university.
    (b) Use of the general access areas may include speaking, non-verbal expression, distributing literature, displaying signage and circulating petitions. There is no limit to the number of times a month a person or group may access those areas.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • 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 released a statement addressing the incident and affirming CSU’s simultaneous commitments to free speech, inclusiveness, and civil discourse. But for many members of the campus community, that wasn’t enough. Berkman quickly became the target of widespread outrage, with critics claiming he did not denounce the […]

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  • 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 (UT), a result that FIRE finds to be both commendable and satisfying. Torch readers may remember that in September 2014, a group of students at UT was prevented from peacefully protesting at a campus lecture given by former presidential advisor Karl Rove. FIRE wrote to […]

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