Frostburg State University

Location: Frostburg, Maryland
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Frostburg 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
  • Lane University Center: Policies and Procedures- Bulletin Board Usage

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 4, 2020

    LUC provides four bulletin boards for marketing advertisements for the University community and individuals associated with the institution. Maximum size for flyers posted on the bulletin boards shall not exceed 11”x 17”.  All postings must be approved at the LUC Information Desk.  Approval can be obtained by taking... Read More
  • Residence Hall Posting Guidelines

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    Fliers that will NOT be approved for posting: … Fliers containing content that would be considered offensive to a reasonable person (e.g. nudity, obscenities, etc.) Read More
  • Gender-Based Harassment and Violence Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    Sexual Harassment is a form of unlawful sex discrimination and means any unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal, physical, or electronic conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s... Read More
  • Policy Statements: University Standards of Personal and Group Conduct- Violence to Persons/Physical or Verbal Assault

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    Verbal/Written Assault includes verbal or written acts, including social media sites, which place a person in personal fear or which have the effect of harassing or intimidating a person. Read More
  • FSU Policies: Posting of Notices

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 4, 2020

    Public notices intended for general information may be posted only on bulletin boards of designated posting areas throughout campus. General notices may not be posted on bulletin boards clearly identified as reserved for a specific purpose such as for a particular organization’s use. University offices located... Read More
  • Policy Statements: University Standards of Personal and Group Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 10, 2019

    Engaging in intentional conduct directed at a specific person or persons which seriously alarms or intimidates such person or persons and which serves no legitimate purpose, or may reasonably be considered an act(s) of retaliation. Such conduct may include: explicit or implicit threats, including gestures or actions... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • February 2020 Speech Code of the Month: Frostburg State University

    February 5, 2020

     Banning “obscenities” versus banning “obscene” material might not seem like a big distinction. But if you’re a student at Frostburg State University, where you can have your flyers removed if they include “obscenities,” you might start thinking that difference matters. Frostburg State’s Residence Hall Posting Guidelines policy is FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month… Read more