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: September 19, 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 19, 2020

    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
  • 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 19, 2020

    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: September 19, 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 19, 2020

    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
  • Policy on Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 19, 2020

    Sexual Harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the education program or activity; … Read More
  • Cassie Conklin is asking questions.

    February 23, 2021

    Cassie Conklin used to stuff crumpled up copies of the student newspaper, left for trash, in her shoes. “The Bottom Line was so lacking that my partner and I would take whole stacks of them to dry our boots.” But Conklin doesn’t want to disparage the former journalists at Frostburg State University’s independent student reporting… Read more

  • 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2021

    February 17, 2021

    This year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is releasing its 10th list of the “worst colleges for free speech.” Since our first list in 2011, more than 70 institutions in 31 states have found themselves named and shamed for actively working to shut down student and faculty speech rights. Each year, hundreds of… Read more

  • FIRE presents the 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2021

    February 17, 2021

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17, 2021 — Would you make a student homeless during the pandemic because you didn’t like something he said? Or threaten faculty doctors fighting COVID-19 with termination for speaking to the press? If you’re a campus official at one of the schools on this list, you just might! In the 10th edition of… Read more

  • Questions remain after Frostburg State calls off investigation into student journalist

    December 21, 2020

    Frostburg State University student journalist Cassie Conklin found herself in a precarious position when, just days after her reporting was cited by The Baltimore Sun, she was summoned to a meeting with administrators to discuss allegations that she had harassed a university staffer.  As FIRE wrote last week, the timing of the investigation reeked of… Read more

  • A student re-attached a fallen note of support to a staff member’s door. Then her university investigated her for harassment. 

    December 14, 2020

    FROSTBURG, Md., Dec. 14, 2020 — How far will a university administration go to retaliate for bad press? At Frostburg State University, the answer is chilling. Student reporter Cassie Conklin must have ruffled some administrative feathers for covering criticism of the Maryland university’s COVID-19 response for the student newspaper. After video showed her re-attaching a… Read more

  • A crack in the ice, but no thaw: Frostburg State won’t ‘terminate’ RAs who speak out about COVID-19, but it might ‘educate’ them

    December 2, 2020

    Last month, the autumn air at Maryland’s Frostburg State University got a bit more chilly, as administrators warned that resident assistants — the students who help the university’s residential systems function — would be in line for an “attitude” adjustment in their employment reviews if they publicly criticized the university’s response to COVID-19. That put… Read more

  • Freezeout at Frostburg State: RAs ‘speaking out’ about COVID-19 need ‘attitude’ adjustment, university says

    November 13, 2020

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic rolled across the United States, we’ve seen institutions of higher education move to warn students and faculty who criticize their institutions’ response to the virus. Offenders run the gamut, from NYU’s Grossman School of Medicine, which warned faculty not to speak to the media without permission, to faculty members reprimanded for… Read more

  • 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