Framingham State University

Location: Framingham, Massachusetts
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Framingham State 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
  • Ram Student Handbook: FSU Policy Against Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    Examples of discriminatory harassment, all of which are prohibited by this Policy, include, but are not limited to: Physically harassing another individual or group because of that person’s or persons’ membership in a protected class by assaulting, touching, patting, pinching, grabbing, staring, leering at them, ma... Read More
  • Ram Student Handbook: Prohibition Against Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, GenderBased Harassment, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is prohibited when: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating a sexually intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment. Examples of sexual ... Read More
  • Ram Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- General Student Conduct Code Regulations

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    Intimidation, invasion of privacy, verbal abuse, or any conduct constituting harassment, abuse or threats to the well-being of a person or group, including, but not limited to, communication via electronic means. Read More
  • Ram Student Handbook: Bias Incident Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    A hate or bias incident occurs when behaviors (verbal or non-verbal) by an individual or group are perceived to be malicious (hate) or discriminatory (bias) toward another individual or group based on actual or perceived characteristics such as race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, disabili... Read More
  • Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    University policy and local, state and federal law do prohibit some forms of communication, including: … anonymous or repeated messages designed to annoy, abuse or torment. Read More
  • Ram Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    As an educational institution, Framingham State University supports the constitutional right of free speech. Read More
  • Ram Student Handbook: Picketing Code

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    All students, undergraduate and graduate, have a right to demonstrate on University premises provided, however, that no such demonstration shall be permissible, which for any reason of time, place, or type of behavior, materially disrupts class work or other University business, or involves substantial disorder or i... Read More
  • Ram Student Handbook: Student Conduct Code- Introduction

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: November 28, 2018

    Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of the whole student, and the betterment of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Framingham State U. Police to Student: Facebooking About Halloween Costume ‘Goes Beyond … Freedom of Speech’

    November 21, 2014

    According to Framingham State University’s (FSU’s) student newspaper The Gatepost, campus police officers questioned several FSU students over their public comments about two of their peers’ Halloween costumes depicting domestic violence. Gatepost editors aptly pointed out that such questioning is not acceptable at FSU, a public university in Massachusetts bound by the First Amendment. FSU… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Framingham State University

    May 2, 2012

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for May 2012: Framingham State University. This public university has a student policy on “Freedom of Expression” which provides that Recognized student clubs or organizations desiring to sponsor a religious display must consider the following: such displays may not promote or hinder one religion over another, must… Read more

  • Censorship Doesn’t Pay

    May 11, 2007

    Some students at Framingham State College are finding out the hard way that newspaper theft and censorship don’t pay off in the end. According to The Boston Globe, seven students attended a lacrosse match with letters of a friend’s name painted across their midriffs to show support for him. A student reporter saw these women… Read more