Eastern Illinois University

Location: Charleston, Illinois
Website: http://www.eiu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

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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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Internal Governing Policies: #175 – Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 26, 2017

    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’s academic status; unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or student’s academic experience; or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.  However, complaints can and should be filed before harassment reaches an intolerable level.  The university can and will address inappropriate behaviors even if those behaviors are not yet severe or pervasive.

    Sexual harassment may consist of a variety of behaviors including, but not limited to, subtle pressures for sexual activity, inappropriate touching or gestures, offensive or inappropriate language or jokes (including electronic content), demands for sexual favors, cyber-bullying, stalking, or sexual violence.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Conduct: Standards of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 26, 2017

    Intimidation, stalking, harassment (including sexual harassment), coercion, verbal abuse, domestic violence, dating violence or any other conduct which has a direct and substantial disruptive influence on the life or educational endeavors of any person.

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  • Internal Governing Policies: #138.1 – Posting and Distribution of Materials

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 26, 2017

    Registered student organizations or off-campus public service organizations may post, with advance approval from the Campus Scheduling Office, 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 boards are used in accordance with this policy.

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  • On-Campus Handbook: Residents’ Rights

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 26, 2017

    The University housing community entitles each student the right to: … Be free of fear from intimidation and physical or emotional harm.

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  • RSO Handbook: Awareness & Sensitivity Policy

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 26, 2017

    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, activities, publications, advertisements and services offered that may have a negative impact on the University, any individual(s), and/or group, as they relate to race, creed, ethnic, origin, gender, national origin, sexual-orientation, age and physical ability.

    The Student Life Office will monitor and review Registered Student Organizations sponsored activities to assist in identifying and eliminating any inappropriate language content from activities, advertisement, publications, and policies deemed discriminatory or insensitive in nature.

    All Registered Student Organizations are encouraged to uphold this policy in spirit and action.

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  • Student editors react to ‘Hosty’ decision

    February 28, 2006

    By Ricky Ribeiro at Student Press Law Center Student editors at three student newspapers said college journalists need to start discussing the effects of Hosty v. Carter now that the Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case. “[Hosty]’s come up from time to time [in our newsroom],” said Aaron Seidlitz, editor in chief of Eastern Illinois University’s student newspaper, the Daily Eastern News. “Most of the time it’s with the staff and a few professors as well. I think that every collegiate newspaper should just have conversations with their advisers just to have a better understanding of the […]

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.