Idaho State University

Location: Pocatello, Idaho
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Idaho 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
  • Policy #5000: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    Bullying: Repeated adverse acts or actions directed at a specific person(s) that are unwanted and unprovoked and are used to establish and maintain an actual or perceived imbalance of power between the aggressor and the subject of aggression. … Bullying includes harsh practical jokes, spreading rumors and goss... Read More
  • Standards of Residence: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    University Housing will not tolerate verbal, physical, or sexual harassment. This includes direct or indirect comments, or other communications that may be intimidating, coercive, or abusive to another person. Read More
  • Standards of Residence: Community Disturbance

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    A resident may face disciplinary action for unreasonable or unsatisfactory personal conduct, including threatening/harassing behavior to an individual or community within University Housing. Read More
  • Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action: Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to: Sexual violence Sexual advances Requests for sexual favors Indecent exposure Verbal, nonverbal or physical unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature These actions are considered sexual harassment when such conduct is suffici... Read More
  • Policy #5000: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence. There are two types of sexual harassment: Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Envir... Read More
  • Policy #5000: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    Persistent speech, expression or action that is so objectively offensive or concerning that it interferes with other’s ability to live, learn, work or pursue educational opportunities at the University. … The University has used the word “concerning” to represent certain types of speech that would lead hearers... Read More
  • Policy #5000: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    Sending obscene, harassing, or threatening messages. Read More
  • Policy #5000: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 12, 2018

    Harassment: Unwanted or unwelcome behavior or conduct toward an individual because of his or her protected class that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to have the impact of unreasonably interfering with a person’s ability to live, learn, work or recreate at the University. Read More
  • Idaho State University: Suspension of Faculty Senate

    March 2, 2011

    Following a series of disputes over academic freedom and shared governance between the ISU faculty and senior administration, ISU President Arthur C. Vailas and the Idaho State Board of Education ordered the suspension of ISU’s Faculty Senate. A provisional senate was elected by the faculty, which returned most of the former senators to the new body,… Read more

  • ‘Off With His Head’ In Idaho

    May 7, 2012

    This week saw another ridiculously petty installment in the drama over the rights of faculty members at Idaho State University, where President/Emperor Arthur Vailas and Provost/Grand Vizier Barbara Adamcik have been waging a war against the Faculty Senate for more than a year. Beginning with Vailas’ suspension of the Faculty Senate in the wake of… Read more

  • Idaho State Faculty Sue University and President Alleging First Amendment Violations

    February 16, 2012

    On Tuesday, a group of faculty members at Idaho State University (ISU) filed a federal lawsuit against their institution and ISU President Arthur C. Vailas, alleging violations of their First Amendment rights.  The group, called the Idaho State University Faculty Association for the Preservation of the First Amendment, alleges that the university blocked ISU’s Provisional… Read more

  • AAUP Sanctions Idaho State University for Suspending Faculty Senate

    June 13, 2011

    In a letter in March, FIRE raised serious concern about the February decision by Idaho State University (ISU) President Arthur C. Vailas and the Idaho State Board of Education to suspend ISU’s Faculty Senate just one week after it recorded a vote of no confidence in Vailas. The administration had cited a "stalemate" with the faculty. Indeed, the suspension… Read more

  • Idaho State University Slammed by AAUP for Treatment of Faculty in New Report

    June 6, 2011

    We’ve written in recent months about Idaho State University (ISU), where faculty-administration relations have been at an impasse since around the time when the ISU Faculty Senate was suspended by the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE). FIRE asked ISU President Arthur Vailas to defend the university’s treatment of its representative faculty body, traditionally an… Read more

  • This Week in the News: Adam’s Vanderbilt Speech Still Provoking Discussion

    March 11, 2011

    Torch readers will remember that Adam delivered a speech at Vanderbilt University on February 23rd about Vanderbilt’s restrictive policies and free speech violations at other institutions. Trevor Williams of The Vanderbilt Torch (no relation) was the most recent author to write about Adam’s critique of Vanderbilt’s sexual harassment policy, community creed, and other speech-restrictive policies…. Read more

  • Following Suspension of Faculty Senate, FIRE Asks for Answers at Idaho State University

    March 3, 2011

    In a letter yesterday, FIRE called upon Idaho State University President Arthur C. Vailas to explain the Idaho State Board of Education’s recent decision to suspend Idaho State’s Faculty Senate. The suspension was levied on February 17, just one week after the Faculty Senate recorded a vote of no confidence in Vailas. As The Chronicle of… Read more

  • State Board of Education Suspends Idaho State’s Faculty Senate

    February 18, 2011

    Within days of a faculty vote of "no confidence" in Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas, the Idaho Board of Education has voted to dissolve the university’s faculty senate, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) and others are reporting. This drastic action follows several months of increasingly sour relations between Vailas and the ISU faculty; as the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote… Read more

  • Outspoken Professor Faces Dismissal from Idaho State University

    October 29, 2009

    Idaho State University appears to have joined the emerging trend of firing professors who criticize university policies. In August, Habib Sadid, an award-winning engineering professor, was charged with "being personally abusive and disruptive." Sadid was suspended and barred from campus. According to the Idaho State Journal, ISU President Arthur Vailas placed Sadid on paid leave and… Read more