Eastern Illinois University

Location: Charleston, Illinois
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Eastern Illinois 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
  • Internal Governing Policies: #175 – Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2020

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which encompasses a wide range of conduct including sexual violence. Such conduct becomes a form of illegal sex discrimination when the unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe or pervasive that it affects an individual’s employment or student... Read More
  • Internal Governing Policies: #166 – Flag Display

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 8, 2020

    In recognition of the diversity of heritages, cultures, and gender/orientation on campus, EIU has established a “We Are EIU” flagpole.  Such pole will fly appropriately sized flags recognizing the diversity of communities across campus.  The “We Are EIU” flagpole is administered and controlle... Read More
  • Code of Conduct: Standards of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2020

    Eastern students respect the health, safety, welfare and rights of all persons. Violations of this standard: … Intimidation, stalking, harassment (including sexual harassment), coercion, verbal abuse, domestic violence, dating violence or any other conduct which has a direct and substantial disruptive influenc... Read More
  • Internal Governing Policies: #138.1 – Posting and Distribution of Materials

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 8, 2020

    With advance approval from the Campus Scheduling Office, University Departments, RSOs and off-campus public service organizations may post items which promote on-campus co-curricular activities or other events of educational or public service interest to the University community, provided that unrestricted bulletin ... Read More
  • RSO Handbook: Awareness & Sensitivity Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 8, 2020

    The Student Life Office stresses the importance of Registered Student Organizations eliminating discriminatory and/or culturally insensitive language, behavior and content from their sponsored activities. All Registered Student Organizations are encouraged to strive for awareness and sensitivity in all programs, act... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • May 2020 Speech Code of the Month: Eastern Illinois University

    May 5, 2020

    Most colleges and universities across the country have had their campuses closed for over a month now, but as their virtual spring semesters come down the home stretch, FIRE is keeping an eye on the ways restrictions on free speech can extend outside physical campuses. For that reason, Eastern Illinois University’s impermissibly broad “Sexual Harassment”… Read more