Cleveland State University

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

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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Organization Involvement Guide: Posting Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    Posted items are to be used only to advertise an event or activity sponsored by a recognized, active, CSU student organization. The date and location of the activity/event, as well as the organization’s name/address/contact information must be visible and legible. NOTE: Statements of opinion or position are not appropriate for flyers.

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Green Light Policies
  • General Policy for University Information and Technology Resources 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions: … Using a University computing asset to procure, solicit, or transmit material that is in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws. … Sending “junk mail” or advertising material to individuals who did not specifically request such material (email spam). Any form of harassment via email, telephone or paging, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Violations- Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    HARASSMENT – Behavior directed at another person, including but not limited to, stalking, physical force, or violence, that involves a deliberate interference or a deliberate threat to interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in authorized University functions and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Violations- Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive university environment.

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  • Resident Handbook: Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    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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  • 6 of 10 universities can’t figure out 1st Amendment

    December 20, 2012

    by Bob Unruh at WND More than six of 10 colleges and universities across the United States have yet to figure out the First Amendment, because their “speech codes” conflict with the Constitution, according to a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. “FIRE surveyed 409 schools for this report and found that over 62 percent maintain severely restrictive, ‘red-light’ speech codes – policies that clearly and substantially prohibit protected speech,” said the executive summary. “That this figure is so large is deeply troubling, but there is good news: for the fifth year in a row, the percentage of schools maintaining […]

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