Grambling State University

Location: Grambling, Louisiana
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Grambling State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more
  • Code of Student Conduct: Peer Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2018

    Unwelcomed and unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal, visual or physical conduct or communication with sexual overtones that the victim deems offensive. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unsolicited, deliberate or repeated sexual flirtation, advances or propositions... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Indecent, Obscene, Immoral Behavior, or Profanity

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 7, 2018

    This includes conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent. Such acts include but are not limited to: the use of obscene gestures, improper body exposures, or other immoral acts or use of profanity to any faculty, staff, student, or University official. Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Misuse of Computer Resources

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2018

    The unauthorized entry into a file to use, read, or alter the contents thereof, or transfer a file for any purpose. These include, but not limited to, use of another’s identification and password without authorization, use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another, to transmit obscene haras... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2018

    Assembly and demonstration, just as speech and expression within the institution in public places, are permitted subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions for the maintenance of order, safety and security and is applicable to local, state and federal laws. Approval from the President or Vice Preside... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Assault

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2018

    The intentional harassment, degradation, threat or intimidation of another in an attempt to commit a battery, or the intentional placing of another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. Physical contact is not required. This includes engaging in, attempting or intending to engage in any form of verbal o... Read More
  • Policy # 62002: Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 7, 2018

    Sexual Harassment – Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature when … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment, and has no legitimate relationship to the s... Read More
  • Grambling State University: Ban on Core Political Expression

    September 1, 2010

    The Media Relations department at GSU sent an e-mail on July 13, 2010, ordering the GSU community to delete all e-mails containing political campaign solicitations and to not forward them because doing so implied support for a particular candidate. FIRE wrote President Frank G. Pogue, explaining that this policy unduly restricted the right to freedom… Read more

  • FIRE Releases Statement on Political Activity on Campus for 2012 Election Season, Following Censorship at Grambling State University and Other Colleges

    November 9, 2011

    With the 2012 election season getting underway, FIRE is reminding college students and faculty across the nation of their right to engage in political speech on campus. Today, FIRE releases an updated and expanded Policy Statement on Political Activity on Campus detailing the protection for political expression enjoyed by students and faculty at public and… Read more

  • FIRE Releases Statement on Political Activity on Campus for 2012 Election Season, Following Censorship at Grambling State University and Other Colleges

    November 9, 2011

    PHILADELPHIA, November 9, 2011—As the 2012 election season begins, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is reminding college students and faculty across the nation of their right to engage in political speech on campus. FIRE today releases an updated and expanded Policy Statement on Political Activity on Campus detailing the protection for political… Read more

  • Adam Kissel Discusses Grambling State’s First Amendment Violations with The Pelican Institute

    October 20, 2010

    The Pelican Institute, a Louisiana-based public policy research organization, recently interviewed FIRE’s Adam Kissel about the ongoing violations of free speech at Grambling State University. Torch readers will remember that GSU circulated an e-mail notice to students prohibiting them from forwarding political e-mails through the gram.edu e-mail system if those e-mails "impl[y] your support" for… Read more

  • Will Grambling State Respect Free Speech in Time to Make a Difference this Election Season?

    October 15, 2010

    Time is quickly running out for Grambling State University (GSU) to provide a meaningful response to FIRE’s and the ACLU of Louisiana’s (LA ACLU’s) entreaties to ensure the protection of political speech at GSU. FIRE’s first letter, Torch readers will remember, prompted a policy statement from GSU so troublesome—banning, among other things, "offensive comments" about… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Grambling State University

    October 4, 2010

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for October 2010: Grambling State University. Grambling State University (GSU) has an e-mail policy that bans “the creation or distribution of any disruptive or offensive messages, including offensive comments about race, gender, hair color, disabilities, age, sexual orientation, pornography, religious beliefs and practice, political beliefs, or national origin.”… Read more

  • Media Spotlight Intensifies on Grambling State University

    September 23, 2010

    By severely restricting political speech through e-mail, Grambling State University is in violation of the First Amendment—and local and national news outlets are now on the case. FIRE was the first to draw national attention to GSU’s misbehavior, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (LA ACLU) seconded FIRE’s concerns with its own letter… Read more

  • Grambling State University Response to FIRE, September 22, 2010

    September 22, 2010

    September 22, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       Contact: Vanessa Littleton Phone (318) 533-5337 Email:  mediarelations@gram.edu   Grambling State University does not prohibit students or employees from political expression.  Our policy is as follows: Grambling State University Email Use Policy 1. Grambling State University email system shall not to be used for the creation or distribution… Read more

  • FIRE and ACLU of Louisiana Release Joint Statement on Grambling State University’s Violations of First Amendment

    September 22, 2010

    As FIRE noted earlier today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana has echoed FIRE’s concerns over Grambling State University’s (GSU’s) unconstitutional restrictions on the use of university e-mail systems for political speech. GSU has now issued a wholly inadequate statement on the matter that reveals even deeper violations of First Amendment rights at GSU… Read more

  • Grambling State University Bans Use of E-Mail for Core Political Expression

    September 16, 2010

    As the 2010 election season enters full swing, Grambling State University (GSU) is prohibiting its students and faculty members from engaging in a wide swath of constitutionally protected political expression. Today’s press release details that the Louisiana public university has forbidden students and faculty from transmitting any "campaign solicitations" via the university’s e-mail system, a… Read more

  • Grambling State University Bans Use of E-Mail for Core Political Expression

    September 16, 2010

    GRAMBLING, La., September 16, 2010—As the 2010 election season enters full swing, Grambling State University (GSU) is prohibiting its students and faculty members from engaging in a wide swath of constitutionally protected political expression. The Louisiana public university has forbidden students and faculty from transmitting any “campaign solicitations” via the university’s e-mail system, a ban… Read more

  • At Grambling, Censorship of Student Paper After Publication of Controversial Pictures

    October 2, 2007

    Yesterday, Grambling State University (GSU) administrators began an investigation of The Gramblinite, the school’s student newspaper, after the paper published photos of young schoolchildren with a simulated noose around their necks. The children were being taught about racism and lynching in the wake of the publicity surrounding the “Jena Six” incident and the subsequent protests…. Read more

  • Grambling University Shuts Down Student Newspaper

    January 24, 2007

    The News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana reports that administrators at Grambling State University have shut down production of the school’s student newspaper, The Gramblinite, until the administration can guarantee greater “quality assurance” of the paper. University Provost Robert Dixon sent a memorandum to the newspaper staff informing them that the newspaper was “suspended for the remainder… Read more