Fayetteville State University

Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Website: http://www.uncfsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Fayetteville State University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

  • University of North Carolina System: State of the First Amendment

    January 10, 2006

    FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also reveals that “13 out of the 16 schools in the UNC System have at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Electronic Mail

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 31, 2018

    Use of the University’s e-mail system evidences a student’s or employee’s agreement to be bound by this Policy.

    Unacceptable usage of a University e-mail account may result in legal liability, lost productivity, negative publicity, and/or damage to an employee’s or the University’s reputation, and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.. The following include, but are not limited to such unacceptable uses: … Use for political purposes, such as promoting political causes and/or advancing a political party or a candidate for political office.

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  • Student Handbook: Rudolph Jones Student Center

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: July 31, 2018

    While a patron of the student center, we ask that you refrain from: … Using profanity

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  • Student Handbook: Bulletin Boards, Fliers & Posters

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 31, 2018

    Fliers and posters may be displayed on bulletin boards, window interiors, and other designated areas within buildings. Fliers and posters may NOT be posted on glass doors, light poles, call boxes, signs, trees, or other outdoor equipment or surfaces. Posting at the Gazebo is allowed on a temporary basis for events hosted at that location and must be remove immediately following the event without any damage. Further permission from some building or location managers may be required. Any posting in a location that is not approved will be immediately removed.

    Only fliers and posters approved for distribution and representing recognized University clubs, organizations, or departments may be posted on campus. Night club, bar, independent business, and other fliers and advertisements must be stamped for campus distribution by the Office of Public Relations and will be removed without proof of approval.

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  • Guide to Residential Living: Doors, Walls, and Room Decorating

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 23, 2018

    The outside of the room door and the window facing outward are considered public display areas which should represent the character of the institution. Therefore, public areas should not display harassing (as defined below) material.

    Sexual Harassment
    Any unwelcomed 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 work performance,
    academic activities or student experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or student life environment.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 30, 2018

    Sexual Harassment shall mean unwelcomed 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 work performance, academic activities or student experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or student life environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 30, 2018

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefiting from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Harassment and/or Retaliation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 23, 2018

    Harassment and/or Retaliation shall mean any act which leads to a hostile
    environment including conduct that is

    • directed toward a particular person or persons,
    •  unwelcomed,
    • based upon the person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender-identity, creed, disability, veteran status, political affiliation or student organization affiliation,
    • severe or pervasive, and
    • so objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with the target person’s employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University-sponsored activities such that it effectively denies equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities.

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  • Use of Computer Resources

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 30, 2018

    Under no circumstances shall a student, employee or other authorized user engage in any of the following activities while using University computer resources.

    Harassment which shall mean any act which leads to a hostile environment that includes the following:

    • severe, pervasive, and unwelcomed;
    • directed toward a particular person or persons;
    • based upon that person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender-identity, creed, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, or student organization affiliation; and
    • so objectively offensive that it unreasonably interferes with the target person’s employment, academic pursuits, or participation in University-sponsored activities such that it effectively denies equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • REPORT: North Carolina is home to some of America’s best colleges for free speech

    September 24, 2018

    Eight colleges in North Carolina earn FIRE’s highest rating for free speech — more than in any other state — but 17 still maintain policies that substantially restrict student expression. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2018 — A new report finds that North Carolina’s colleges and universities lead the way nationally for protecting student free speech. The Tar Heel State is home to eight of only 42 institutions nationwide that earn the highest, “green light” speech code rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech?, released by FIRE and the James G. Martin […]

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  • Free Speech Rights Must Extend to Students’ Online Expression

    October 24, 2012

    This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. So far, we have discussed how universities restrict speech by mandating “civility” and by improperly broadening the definition of “harassment.” (Harassment, while not protected speech, is a term with a very specific legal meaning.) Today we tackle another common problem: restrictions on […]

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  • Nearly Three Years Later, Significant Improvement at North Carolina’s Public Universities

    September 22, 2008

    In January 2006, FIRE and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released a Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The report took an in-depth look at the speech codes in force at each of the sixteen universities in the UNC System and made detailed recommendations for how those codes could be improved. At the time, 13 of the 16 schools in the system received a “red-light” rating from FIRE for maintaining policies that clearly and substantially restricted students’ right to freedom of speech. Happily, a number of the […]

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  • Pope Center’s ‘Clarion Call’ Highlights FIRE Speech Code of the Month Victory

    November 9, 2007

    This week’s Clarion Call, the weekly column of the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, highlights FIRE’s speech code victory at Fayetteville State University. Fayetteville State’s Code of Student Conduct was picked as FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month for January 2007. It defined racial harassment as: [V]erbal or physical behavior that stigmatizes or victimizes an individual on the basis of race and involves an express or implied threat to another person’s academic pursuits or participation in activities sponsored by the University or organizations or groups related to the University. It was identical to a University of Michigan […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Fayetteville State University

    January 2, 2007

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for January 2007: Fayetteville State University. Denying your students their First Amendment rights takes a lot of nerve. But for a public university to maintain—word for word—a policy that has explicitly been declared unconstitutional by a federal court takes chutzpah to a whole new level. That’s why Fayetteville State University in North Carolina is 2007’s first Speech Code of the Month. Fayetteville State’s Code of Student Conduct prohibits racial harassment, defined as: [V]erbal or physical behavior that stigmatizes or victimizes an individual on the basis of race and involves an express or […]

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