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: September 11, 2020

    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
  • 1.2 Anti-Harassment And Non-Discrimination Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2020

    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
  • Code of Student Conduct: Threatening and Intimidation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2020

    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: September 22, 2020

    Illinois State University will not tolerate harassing behavior … 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’s work or academic performance by creating an intimi... 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: September 11, 2020

    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
  • 6.1.1 University Facility and Space Use: Solicitation and Sales in University Facilities and Spaces

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 22, 2020

    The University prohibits solicitation and sales in University facilities and spaces except as authorized under this policy. This policy applies to all University facilities and spaces and all members of the university community as well as to visitors and non-university organizations, and other third parties. …... Read More
  • 6.1.1 University Facility and Space Use: Exterior Communications: Signs, Banners, Plaques, Temporary Signs, and Other Exterior Displays

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 22, 2020

    All temporary signage and displays (including banners and exterior temporary signs) must conform to University standards for type of sign structure, locations, method of messaging, and message content. These signs or displays require prior approval from University Marketing and Communications (UMC) and/or Facilities... Read More
  • 6.1.1 University Facility and Space Use: General University Facility and Space Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 22, 2020

    The Quad is generally available for use, but may require a reservation in specific circumstances. Sales, fundraising events, or other events on the Quad that require services of the University (chairs, tables, staging, sound equipment, security, etc.) require advance registration. At times, the Quad may be reserved ... Read More
  • Inclusive Community Response Team: Frequently Asked Questions

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 11, 2020

    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: Hostile Educational Environment Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 22, 2020

    Sexual harassment under Title IX is defined as the following: … Any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would find so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal educational access; … Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly 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