Georgia Gwinnett College

Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

Georgia Gwinnett College 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 Handbook: Student Code of Conduct- Disorderly Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Examples of specific prohibited actions include but are not limited to the following: … Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, bullying/cyber bullying, and/or other conduct that (i) threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person; (ii) puts another in reasonable apprehension o... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, based on sex or on gender stereotypes, that … is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to interfere with one’s work or educational performance creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment, or interferin... Read More
  • Student Handbook: College Regulation for Posting, Promotion and Active Distribution of Materials on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Any Georgia Gwinnett College entity, defined as any division, department, office, academic unit, program, center, faculty, staff, or registered student organization, regulated, or supervised by GGC, may publicly post on college property in designated areas consistent with these terms and all applicable state and fed... Read More
  • GGC Community Guide: Acts of Intolerance

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Acts of intolerance are behaviors that, by intent and/or outcome, harm or threaten to harm a person or group. These behaviors are motivated by prejudice toward a person or group because of their race, religion, ethnicity, abilities, national origin, gender, body size, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation. Thi... Read More
  • Student Handbook: GGC Freedom of Expression Policy- Purpose and Policy Statement

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Georgia Gwinnett College (“GGC”) is committed to respecting the First Amendment rights of all individuals, including freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to peaceably assemble. Read More
  • Student Handbook: GGC Freedom of Expression Policy- Designation of Public Forums on GGC’s Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    To accommodate the need for immediate and spontaneous demonstration and to better facilitate the free exchange of ideas, GGC has designated FORUM A and FORUM B as public forums on GGC’s campus (“Public Forum Areas”), which are depicted on the enclosed map. These Public Forum Areas are generally available from 9:00 a... Read More
  • Student Handbook: GGC Freedom of Expression Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Members of the GGC community may distribute non-commercial pamphlets, handbills, circulars, newspapers, magazines, and other written materials on a person-to-person basis in open outdoor areas of the campus. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Examples of Misuse of Information Technology Resources … using information technology services for unlawful purposes including fraudulent, threatening, defamatory, harassing, or obscene communications; … Read More
  • University System of Georgia Board of Regents Policy Manual: 6.7 Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Last updated: October 21, 2020

    Sexual Harassment (Student on Student): Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct based on sex (including gender stereotypes), determined by a Reasonable Person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to participate in or to benefit from an instit... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • In 8-1 ruling, Supreme Court allows students’ free speech zone lawsuit to proceed

    March 8, 2021

    Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, holding that former Georgia Gwinnett College student Chike Uzuegbunam’s First Amendment lawsuit against his alma mater was not rendered moot after the institution changed its free speech zone policy. The Court held that Uzuegbunam’s remaining claim for nominal damages would… Read more

  • What’s free speech worth? At argument, Supreme Court weighs censorship’s cost.

    January 27, 2021

    For decades, the Supreme Court has confirmed that when the government violates First Amendment rights, it causes “irreparable injury” to those silenced. Freedom of expression is so vital to our democracy that censorship is intolerable, even for a short time, and money alone does not adequately remedy its harm.  But questions posed from the bench… Read more

  • Tune In: Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

    January 12, 2021

    The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this morning in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, a case that will decide whether “nominal” damages — that is, a small sum awarded where there are no significant monetary damages — are sufficient to establish standing in civil rights lawsuits. This issue, arising in the context of college… Read more

  • FIRE and Cato Institute file friend-of-court brief with Supreme Court in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

    October 1, 2020

    May a public university escape judicial sanction for violating a student’s First Amendment rights by changing its unconstitutional speech code after the student files suit?  In an amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief filed with the Supreme Court of the United States this week, FIRE and the Cato Institute urged the Justices to answer,… Read more

  • Supreme Court grants cert in speech code case, Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

    July 9, 2020

    The Supreme Court of the United States today agreed to hear the campus free speech case of Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski. The resulting opinion will clarify important questions about how students can vindicate their First Amendment rights when public colleges violate them. In March, FIRE filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court urging the… Read more

  • Don’t fall in love with the club that will be used to beat you over the head

    August 29, 2019

    It seems like every time a faculty member at a college or university says something controversial, someone responds with a public demand that the institution punish the professor. And way too often politicians are among the chorus of voices calling for punitive responses to unpopular expression. Sometimes they are even at the center of campaigns… Read more

  • Georgia legislator suggests professor be punished for comments on illegal immigration

    June 10, 2019

    A Georgia state representative is the latest legislator to urge a public college to punish a faculty member over comments protected by the First Amendment. Last week, Georgia Rep. Bee Nguyen tweeted at Georgia Gwinnett College with screen shots of social media comments made by associate history professor Fang Zhou, an outspoken critic of illegal… Read more

  • Department of Justice files Statement of Interest in campus free speech case, Uzuegbunam v. Preczweski

    September 26, 2017

    As Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated in his remarks at Georgetown today, the United States Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest in a federal lawsuit against Georgia Gwinnett College. The DOJ’s filing, which apprises the district court of the federal government’s views of the issues in the case, is embedded below and… Read more

  • March Student Spotlight: ‘Free Speech’ Resolution Authors at Georgia Gwinnett College

    March 29, 2013

    FIRE’s Student Spotlight feature recognizes students who are doing outstanding work to promote individual rights on their campuses. This month, FIRE recognizes the work of students at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), who authored a stirring "Free Speech on Campus" resolution calling on the college to honor its moral and legal duties as a public institution under… Read more

  • At Georgia Gwinnett College, SGA Resolution Expresses Students’ Desire for Free Speech

    March 1, 2013

    Students at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) in Lawrenceville, Georgia, have reason for increased optimism regarding the protection of their free speech rights. That’s because their peers in the Student Government Association (SGA) recently passed a stirring resolution calling on the public institution to honor its moral and legal duties under the First Amendment by upholding… Read more