Georgia State University

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Georgia 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Special Event/Late Night Event Policy

    Speech Code Category: Security Fee Policies
    Last updated: March 15, 2018

    For purposes of this policy, “late night events” shall mean events expected to end at 11 p.m. or later and “special events” shall mean events that 300 or more guests are reasonably expected to attend or that pose a security concern for some other reason, as determined in the sole discretion of the University.

    The sponsoring organization will be responsible for all costs related to security for the event. The sponsoring organization will develop a security plan with a representative of the Georgia State University Police, in conjunction with the event venue representative and in advance of the event. The police will make decisions on the number of police officers required, the number of hours necessary and the estimated cost.

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  • University Housing Solicitation and Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 15, 2018

    All flyers/posters must be pre‐approved by University Housing. … Flyers that encourage the violation of law or University policy, the consumption of alcohol or other drugs are prohibited. We may choose not to approve flyers/posters with no end date or that are meant to be posted on an ongoing basis.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 15, 2018

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct, based on sex or 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/educational decisions; or has the purpose or effect of interfering with one’s work or educational performance creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment, or interfering with or limiting one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an institutional program or activity.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Rights and Obligations- General

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 15, 2018

    Membership in the community of scholars known as Georgia State University is a privilege and carries with it obligations to participate in and contribute to the educational mission of the institution. Concurrent with these obligations are rights and freedoms for each individual as guaranteed by the United States Constitution including, but not limited to, the right to inquire, to learn, to communicate by speech and action, to assemble peaceably and the right to due process.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Introduction- Guarantees of Student Expression

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 15, 2018

    Students have the right to freedom of expression by word or symbol as long as it does not materially or substantially interfere with the orderly operation of the university or with the rights of others as conferred by the Constitution.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Prohibited General Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 15, 2018

    Harassing a person through unwanted conduct directed at him/her that causes reasonable fear for safety (e.g., Stalking) or is sufficiently severe, pervasive and persistent that it interferes with the person’s University employment or ability to participate in or benefit from University programs.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Campus Speech, Distribution, and Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: March 15, 2018

    i. Persons or organizations may engage in speech activities in the following locations (follow links for a map of the area):
    Atlanta Campus – the lawn next to Unity Plaza outside Student Center East and the Urban Life Center Plaza between the Urban Life Center, Sports Arena and Student Center West.
    Alpharetta Campus – the East Patio entrance to building AA-1310
    Clarkston Campus – the quad area between buildings CA, CB, CC and CG
    Decatur Campus – the quad between buildings SA, SB, SC and SG
    Dunwoody Campus – the quad area NT, NE, LRC and NB (not shown on map)
    Newton Campus – the south end of the lawn between building 1N and 2N
    ii. University sites are available for speaking or other forms of expression between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except when the areas have been reserved by a university-affiliated department or student organization.
    iii. No amplified sound is allowed.
    iv. Plans for speaking activities in other campus areas and times must be approved by the Student Center Event Management office at least 72 hours in advance of the event. Such plans will be considered in a content-neutral manner.

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  • Date rape policies based on bad information, new study claims

    November 24, 2015

    By Marvin Harris at FOX Carolina A new study challenges the widely accepted theory that most date rapes on campus are committed by serial rapists. A 2015 study out of Georgia State University concluded that an overwhelming majority of college rapes are committed by men who are not serial predators, a misconception that has led to the systemic failure of rape-prevention policies. “Although a small group of men perpetrated rape across multiple college years, they constituted a significant minority of those who committed college rape…” wrote Kevin Swartout, a psychology professor at GSU who headed the study. The new study calls to question decades of government and university actions based on […]

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  • Intelligence Squared / FIRE debate: College Students Should be Allowed to Take Smart Drugs

    November 1, 2015

    By Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz at The Washington Post Intelligence Squared US and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) are embarking on a joint venture (that I am proud to have brokered), to present a series of high-profile debates on college campuses. Our first debate will be tomorrow at George Washington University. Arguing for the motion will be Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, professor, University of Pennsylvania and chair of neurology, Pennsylvania Hospital; and our own Nita Farahany, Volokh conspirator and professor of law and philosophy, Duke University. Arguing against the motion will be Eric Racine, director, Neuroethics Research Unit, Institut de Recherches […]

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  • Practical Advice for Fraternities Caught in the Battle for Free Speech on Campus

    September 16, 2004

    I. Introduction While there is no shortage of free speech battles on college campuses, fraternities have the dubious honor of being at the center of many of the least sympathetic controversies. From Halloween parties where brothers show up dressed as Ku Klux Klan members to fraternity newsletters that graphically relate a brother’s sexual exploits with named co-eds, fraternities sometimes express themselves in ways that are not exactly likely to win the battle for hearts and minds. However, although fraternities may later regret the actions of some of their brothers, they must not allow their rights to be stripped away by […]

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