East Tennessee State University

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Website: http://www.etsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

East Tennessee State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

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Red Light Policies

  • Catalog: Policies and Procedures- Sexual Racial and Other Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Generally, racial harassment is defined as any person’s conduct which unreasonably interferes with an employee’s or student’s status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin includes offensive or demeaning treatment of an individual where such treatment is based on prejudiced stereotypes of a group to which that individual may belong. It includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, or other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual because of his/her race, color, ethnic or national origin. Title VII requires employers to take prompt action when a person expresses a racially charged opinion in a way which abuses or offends a coworker.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Catalog: Policies and Procedures- Disciplinary Offenses

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Use of computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence ….

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  • Catalog: Policies and Procedures- Responding to Hate Crimes and Bias-Related Incidents

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Bias-related incidents are those that constitute an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age or disability and yet are not criminal acts. ETSU’s Policy On Sexual, Racial, and Other Harassment defines bias-related incidents “as any person’s conduct which unreasonably interferes with an employee’s or student’s status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.”

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  • Catalog: Policies and Procedures- Disciplinary Offenses

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Any conduct, or attempted conduct, which constitutes a danger to any person’s health, safety, or personal well-being, including, but not limited to, the following:

    1. Physical and/or verbal abuse,

    2. Threats and/or intimidation,

    3. Harm inflicted on self.

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Green Light Policies
  • Catalog: Policies and Procedures- Sexual Racial and Other Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Generally, sexual harassment may be defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one of the following criteria is met:

    • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of the individual’s employment or of the individual’s status in a program, course, or activity;
    • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions, a criterion for evaluation, or a basis for academic or other decisions affecting such individual;
    • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or educational experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

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  • ETSU, Brute?

    June 8, 2012

    Okay, it’s a terrible Shakespearean pun. But as bad a pun as this blog post’s title is, it’s still nowhere near as disappointing as the state of free speech at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).   The basic story is that as part of a “civility week,” the Student Government Association created T-shirts with various slurs on the front and the message “I am more than a label. Think. Live. Respect.” on the back. The T-shirt campaign was quite clearly a campaign to combat stereotyping. Nevertheless, the ETSU administration wasn’t so thrilled with the shirts, and quickly imposed heavy-handed censorship. […]

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