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.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Green Light Policies
  • 3344-7-05: Acceptable Use

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 10, 2015

    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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  • Resident Handbook: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 10, 2015

    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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  • 3344-2-03: Discrimination/Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 10, 2015

    “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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  • Student Organization Resource Manual: Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 14, 2015

    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.

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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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  • 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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