Fayetteville State University

Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Type: Public
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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
  • 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... Read More
  • 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 Read More
  • 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 h... Read More
  • 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 favor... Read More
  • 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 o... Read More
  • 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 bene... Read More
  • 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 st... Read More
  • 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 tow... Read More
  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more