Fitchburg State University

Location: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Fitchburg 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
  • Student Code of Conduct: Student Conduct Process

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Fitchburg State University expects its students to act in a manner that demonstrates personal responsibility and respect for the community. Respect for the rights of others, openness to new and challenging ideas, civility and courtesy are examples of this expectation.   Read More
  • Massachusetts State Universities Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Discriminatory harassment. A form of unlawful discrimination including verbal and/or physical conduct based on legally protected characteristics and/or membership in a protected class that: 1. has the purpose or effect of creating an objectively intimidating, hostile or offensive work or educational environment; 2. ... Read More
  • Information Technology: Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    ADDENDUM 1 – Some examples of Unacceptable Use … Sending messages that are malicious or that a reasonable person would find to be harassing. Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Appendix A – General Definitions

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Harassment: This means the severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another individual that has the effect of: causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to the other stu... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Poster Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Only organizations recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA) can promote events. … All posters/flyers must be SGA approved with the official stamp and signed by a current SGA member. Those not stamped and signed will be removed. Read More
  • Housing Policies and Procedures: Signs, Pictures, and Posters

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Pictures and other material that may be considered objectionable should not be displayed in areas that may be visible outside the student room. Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Appendix A – General Definitions

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Bullying— The severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another individual, that has the effect of: causing physical or emotional harm to the other student or damage to the other student’s propert... Read More
  • Housing Policies and Procedures: Physical Abuse & Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Any resident involved in abuse or harassment, including verbal abuse or threats, of another person will have their housing occupancy agreement reviewed for termination. Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Student Conduct Process

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Fitchburg State University recognizes that students, as members of society and citizens of the United States of America, are entitled to respect, consideration and guaranteed freedoms of speech, assembly and association under the constitution. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Free inquiry, expression and assembly are guaranteed to all students. Read More
  • MA State Universities Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 2, 2021

    Section V.1 Title IX Prohibited Sexual Harassment (a) Sexual Harassment The Universities prohibit, under this Policy, conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following conditions: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it... Read More
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