Indiana State University

Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • University Handbook: Glossary of Terms 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    “Sexual Harassment” refers to the unwelcome imposition of sexual attention, often in the context of a relationship of unequal power. It applies to men and women equally, with regard to both opposite sex and same-sex harassment.”Sexual Harassment” also refers to any conduct, physical or verbal, that is sexual in nature and which has the effect of interfering unreasonably with an individual’s or 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 work or educational setting.

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  • Code of Student Conduct: Offenses Against Persons 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, stalking, and/or conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.

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  • Student Handbook: The Sycamore Standard 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience

    Students at Indiana State University are expected to accept certain personal responsibilities that constitute the “standard” for behavior in a community of scholars. As a student at Indiana State University:

    * I will avoid activities that promote bigotry or intolerance;
    * I will choose associations and define my relationships with others based on respect for individual rights and human dignity;

    * I will discourage actions or behaviors by others that are contrary to these standards.

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Green Light Policies
  • University Handbook: Information Technology Resources Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    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 Handbook: Right of Expression 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    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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  • ‘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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