Georgia Institute of Technology

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Georgia Institute of Technology 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

Due Process Rating

Non-Sexual Misconduct

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C

Sexual Misconduct

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B

  • Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 15, 2019

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, based on sex or on gender stereotypes, that is implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of employment or status in a course, program, or activity; is a basis for employment or educational decisions; or is sufficiently severe, persistent, or per... Read More
  • Title IX Definitions

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 15, 2019

    Title IX also prohibits gender-based harassment, which may include acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostility based on sex or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature. Read More
  • Freedom of Expression: General Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: November 15, 2019

    Georgia Tech holds the first amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to assemble peaceably as an essential cornerstone to the advancement of knowledge and the right of a free people. … Students, faculty, staff, and Institute affiliates are supported in their right to ass... Read More
  • Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 15, 2019

    All users are prohibited from using Georgia Tech IT resources in a manner which results in a violation of law or policy or potentially adversely affects network service performance.  Examples of Unacceptable Use include, but are not limited to, the following: Activity that violates federal, state, or local law Acti... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct: Prohibited Non-Academic Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 15, 2019

    18. Harassing another person including, but not limited to: Placing another person in reasonable fear of his/her personal safety through words or actions directed at that person, or substantially interfering with the working, learning, or living environment of the person. … 21. Discriminatory conduct includi... Read More

Policies are rated on their inclusion of 10 due process safeguards. Each policy may receive 2 points for fully including that safeguard, 1 point for partial inclusion, and 0 points for no meaningful inclusion. Most, but not all, institutions have separate policies for sexual misconduct and all other misconduct. See FIRE’s Spotlight on Due Process report for more information.

Grades

Non-Sexual Misconduct

C
11/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous

Sexual Misconduct

B
14/20
  • Presumption of innocence
  • Adequate and timely notice
  • Adequate time to prepare
  • Conflicts of interest prohibited
  • Right to challenge fact-finders
  • Access to all evidence
  • Right to face accuser and witness
  • Active participation of counsel
  • Meaningful right to appeal
  • Expulsion must be unanimous
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • University police surveil student social media in attempt to make campus safer

    March 16, 2018

    A very interesting article in Campus Safety Magazine explores a disturbing practice we’ve been hearing more and more about — schools and campus police proactively surveilling students’ social media accounts to find possible wrongdoing while it’s happening or before it happens. If that idea troubles you, you are not alone. A lack of context Campus… Read more

  • During March Madness, Georgia Tech alums reflect on big victory in different kind of court

    March 22, 2017

    March Madness is about more than basketball — it’s about celebrating rivalries. But not all of Georgia Tech’s rivals are 6-foot-9-inch basketball stars from their in-state foes, the University of Georgia: Two Tech students were once more interested in achieving victory against some very unexpected rivals, in an entirely different kind of court. Orit Kwasman… Read more

  • New Book Takes Thorough Look at College Due Process Problems

    January 31, 2017

    Brooklyn College professor KC Johnson and journalist Stuart Taylor, Jr. cover an impressive amount of ground in their new book, The Campus Rape Frenzy: The Attack on Due Process at America’s Universities. Readers who are less familiar with the problem of colleges and universities trampling on students’ due process rights—particularly in the context of sexual… Read more

  • Due Process Legal Update: Settlements, Trials, and More

    July 27, 2016

    A little over five years ago, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued the “Dear Colleague” letter that ushered in a period of unprecedented federal intervention into colleges’ internal disciplinary systems. In just those five years, students around the country have filed more than 110 lawsuits alleging that they were denied a… Read more

  • Georgia Tech Ordered to Pay $203,734.14 for Violating Students’ Rights

    December 30, 2008

    Over at Phi Beta Cons, former FIRE President David French, recently back from a tour of duty in Iraq, reports that Georgia Tech has been ordered to pay $203,734.14 in attorneys’ fees and expenses for violating its students’ freedom of religion. Here’s how David describes the case in his blog entry: In March 2006 two… Read more

  • Georgia Tech Drops Speech Code

    August 16, 2006

    Faced with a federal lawsuit, Georgia Tech recently decided to drop its unconstitutional speech code. The policy, which banned “hate-based conduct” and “denigrating written/verbal communications,” has been rescinded and Georgia Tech will need the permission of the court if it desires to change its speech policy in the next five years. This is very similar… Read more

  • ‘Misplaced Political Correctness’

    April 17, 2006

    As Robert noted previously, Georgia Tech is facing an Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) lawsuit over its unconstitutional speech code. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times editorialized on the suit and placed it in precisely the appropriate historical context, mentioning the well-chronicled rise of campus speech codes in the 1980s and 1990s—and the way courts struck… Read more

  • Georgia Tech Sued Over Speech Code

    April 7, 2006

    One of the latest institutions to be sued over an unconstitutional speech code is Georgia Tech, which was sued in March by former FIRE president and current Legal Network member David French and the Alliance Defense Fund. Georgia Tech’s speech code, which earned a “red light” rating on FIRE’s Spotlight, has some serious constitutional problems…. Read more