Illinois State University

Location: Normal, Illinois
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Illinois 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
  • University Housing Policies: Residence Halls- Posters and fliers

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    University Housing Services allows Registered Student Organizations and university departments to post fliers and posters in designated public areas with the following stipulations: … 2. The poster/flier does not contain references to alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs, or to any event, activity, program, or s... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Threatening and Intimidation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    Violations include such behavior as: … Engaging in any action which is unwanted and results in a reasonable fear for imminent bodily harm and/or the emotional/mental disruption of a person’s daily life or educational environment. Read More
  • 1.2 Anti-Harassment And Non-Discrimination Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    It is the policy of the University to maintain an academic and work environment free of sexual harassment for students, faculty, and staff. Sexual harassment is contrary to the standards of the University community and a barrier to fulfilling the University’s scholarly, research, educational, and service missi... Read More
  • 9.2 Policy on Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources and Systems

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    Additional examples of inappropriate communications include, but are not limited to, the following: … Any communication that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person, or creates in such person a reasonable fear that such will occur, including but not limited to, an individual being fearful of ... Read More
  • 6.1.29 Outdoor Event Notification

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    All groups or organizations planning outdoor campus events should notify Illinois State University Grounds Management a minimum of two weeks prior to the event. Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Gender Based Harassment or Violence

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    For the purpose of this section informed consent must be freely and actively given through mutually understandable terms or actions. … Attending an artistic or educational event or a class in which nudity occurs and for which advanced notice of nudity has been provided qualifies as informed consent. Read More
  • Inclusive Community Response Team: Frequently Asked Questions

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    What bias-related incident should be reported to the ICRT? Bias incidents occur in many different ways. They can be spoken or written, or appear as symbols, signs, threats, or actions performed in person or through electronic means (e.g. email, social media). They include, but are not limited to, microaggressions (... Read More
  • 1.2 Anti-Harassment And Non-Discrimination Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 16, 2019

    Illinois State University will not tolerate harassing behavior related to one’s race, color, ancestry, and national origin that is sufficiently severe or pervasive such that it interferes with an individual’s participation in a University program or activity or unreasonably interferes with an individual&... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Illinois State Must Make Clear Aspirational Nature of ‘Speech Code of the Month’ Policy

    January 15, 2013

    In an article published Friday on the website for WJBC radio (“The Voice of Central Illinois”), Illinois State University (ISU) pushes back on FIRE’s decision to name one of its policies our Speech Code of the Month for September 2012. While we appreciate the university’s attention to this important matter, its response is misguided and… Read more

  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2012

    December 27, 2012

    Each month, FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible campus speech code for our Speech Code of the Month designation. While all of 2012’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ and faculty members’ right to free expression, two of them were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2012’s Speech Codes of the… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Illinois State University

    September 11, 2012

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for September 2012: Illinois State University. Illinois State’s Code of Student Conduct contains a provision entitled “To Be an Illinois State University Student,” which sets forth a list of “non-negotiable values” at the university, including “civility,” “an appreciation of diversity,” and “individual and social responsibility.” The policy… Read more