Indiana State University

Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Website: http://www.indstate.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Indiana 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
  • Code of Student Conduct: Misconduct Against Persons

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 10, 2016

    Threatening/Intimidating Behavior refers to behavior (reoccurring or singular extreme act) that involves an expressed or implied threat, which includes, but is not limited to the use of words verbal, written, or electronic (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Twitter) inherently likely to provide an immediate violent reaction when directed toward a specific individual, or any behavior that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of creating a hostile environment by, but not limited to, interfering with another individual’s personal safety, safety of property, academic efforts, employment, or participation in University-sponsored activities and causes that person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: The Sycamore Standard

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: June 10, 2016

    All members of Indiana State University will learn and apply essential life lessons related to: self-awareness, communication, civility and respect, integrity, forgiveness, patience and trust. As a member of Indiana State University: …

    • I will avoid acts that promote intolerance of individuals or groups;
    • I will conduct myself in a manner that brings honor to me and the University community; and
    • I will discourage behaviors by others that are differing to these standards and expectations of the Code of Student Conduct.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Non-Academic Policies and Prohibited Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: June 10, 2016

    Students at Indiana State University are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and civil manner. Personal conduct and communication, either directly or indirectly with other students as well as faculty and staff, should conform to the University’s community values and standards.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Misconduct Against Persons

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 10, 2016

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.

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  • University-wide Policies: 922 Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 10, 2016

    922.5.1.1 Sexual harassment refers to the unwelcome imposition of sexual attention often in the context of a relationship of unequal power. The policy applies to men and women equally and encompasses both heterosexual and same sex harassment. Sexual harassment is any conduct, physical or verbal, that is sexual in nature and which has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s or a group’s educational or work performance, or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive educational or work environment. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the workplace or educational setting.

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Green Light Policies
  • University-wide Policies: 930 Information Technology Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 10, 2016

    Respect the right of others to be free from harassment or intimidation to the same extent that this right is recognized in the use of other communications media. Consequently, although each user has the right to freedom of speech, unlawful material may not be sent or displayed to others.

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  • University-wide Policies: 910 Right of Expression

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 10, 2016

    The right of expression is as necessary as the right of inquiry and both must be preserved as essential to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and truth. Consequently, University faculty, staff and students, individually and collectively, may express their views through the normal channels of communication. University faculty, staff and students also may express their views by demonstrating peacefully for concepts they wish to make known, and the University will make every reasonable effort to protect that right.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Speech Code of the Month: Indiana State University

    June 22, 2016

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for June 2016: Indiana State University (ISU). According to ISU’s Code of Student Conduct, Students at Indiana State University are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and civil manner. Personal conduct and communication, either directly or indirectly with other students as well as faculty and staff, should conform to the University’s community values and standards. If you were an ISU student reading this policy, would you have any idea what is actually prohibited? Would you have the faintest idea what, exactly, ISU administrators might deem an indirect communication with other students […]

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  • ‘May I Have a Word?’

    April 14, 2005

    A great opinion article by Sarah Taylor was published in the Indiana Statesman earlier this week that highlights FIRE’s work and encourages students to check out our website. Here’s an excerpt: Institutions of higher learning are, in frightening numbers (for even one transgressor is too many), restricting freedom of expression on their campuses. From the Ivy League to community colleges, students and faculty alike are being silenced, censored and forced to espouse the administration’s viewpoint.A leading organization in the fight to protect freedoms on college campuses is the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The group has successfully brought litigation […]

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