Location: Georgetown, Kentucky
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Georgetown College has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more here.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
Individual users remain responsible for the abuse of computing and network accounts assigned to them. It is not acceptable for users to interfere with or disrupt network users, services or system resources. Disruptions include, but are not limited to: creating or deliberately propagating computer worms or viruses; transmitting slanderous or harassing materials; transmitting gratuitously violent, pornographic or obscene information; or using a computer to gain unauthorized access to any computing facility either internal or external to the Georgetown College network.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive and persistent so as to alter the conditions of, or have the effect of substantially interfering with, an individual’s educational opportunity by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Examples of conduct prohibited by this policy include, but are not limited to, the following, when such conduct meets the aforementioned criteria above: … repeated insults, humor, jokes, and/or stories that belittle or demean an individual’s or group’s gender, race, color, religion, or national origin, and physical conduct or verbal innuendo which, because of one’s gender, race, color, religion, or national origin creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
The examples of proscribed conduct set forth in this code are illustrative and should not be read as a comprehensive list. Nor, however, should this code be interpreted to cover any general category of behavior not mentioned herein unless that conduct is otherwise prohibited by law.
Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
Students are not permitted to display items that are obscene.
May 5, 2014
By Bob Kelllogg at OneNewsNow A college in Kentucky has earned a choice designation from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or F.I.R.E., earning itself a “green light” rating. F.I.R.E. spokesman Azhar Majeed says Georgetown College is being recognized for protecting students’ First Amendment rights. He credits Michael Brown, director of Student Orientation and Accountability, who heard of F.I.R.E.’s work and pursued the “green light” rating for the school. Georgetown is a private Baptist college located in Georgetown, Kentucky, near Lexington. Brown was very “pro-active and enthusiastic” about wanting Georgetown to be the exception to the vast majority of schools that […]» Read More
August 22, 2014
Every advocate dreams of winning over an opponent, but it rarely happens. It’s just possible, though, that FIRE might have done so. David Urban of the law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore has written a thorough and insightful post on his firm’s blog advising colleges and universities to review their speech-related policies to insulate themselves from the threat of litigation—like FIRE’s new Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project.» Read More
March 28, 2014
Georgetown College in Kentucky has eliminated all of its speech codes, earning the highest, “green light” rating for free speech from FIRE.» Read More