Indiana University – Kokomo

Location: Kokomo, Indiana
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Indiana University – Kokomo 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
  • Signage and Publicity Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2016

    All print communications must be approved by the appropriate office …. These offices reserve the right to reject any postings that are deemed to be offensive or inappropriate, or in violation of state or federal law or Indiana University policies.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2016

    In accordance with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines, the “IUK Sexual Harassment Policy” defines sexual harassment as follows:

    Unwelcome sexual advances–requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature–constitute sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating, an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, or learning environment.

    Many types of conduct, stemming, from unwanted sexual attention, may constitute sexual harassment. The following are some illustrations for the range of behaviors characteristic of sexual harassment. … Offensive gender-based personal remarks, including verbal, written, graphic, computer generated or e-mail communications; … Patterns of conduct causing the person to whom it is directed to feel humiliated, demeaned or uncomfortable, including remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, remarks about sexual activity, or speculations about previous sexual experience.

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  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Purpose of the Code

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 25, 2016

    A student who accepts admission to Indiana University agrees to: … behave in a manner that is respectful of the dignity of others, treating others with civility and understanding….

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  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2016

    Verbal abuse of another person, including the following:
    a. An express or implied threat to:
    (1) Interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in university-sponsored activities and that under the circumstances causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur; or
    (2) Injure that person, or damage his or her property; or
    b. “Fighting words” that are spoken face-to-face as a personal insult to the listener or listeners in personally abusive language inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction by the listener or listeners to the speaker.

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Green Light Policies
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Rights- Right to Freedom of Association, Expression, Advocacy and Publication

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 25, 2016

    In accordance with the state and federal Constitution and university policy, the university recognizes the rights of all students to engage in discussion, to express thoughts and opinions, and to assemble, speak, write, publish or invite speakers on any subject without university interference or fear of university disciplinary action.

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  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Student Rights- Right to Freedom from Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 25, 2016

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct or behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence (see definition). Both violent and non-violent sexual harassment is prohibited. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic (e.g. by e-mail, text, social media, etc.), or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment occurs when:

    1. submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing or is used as the basis for employment decisions or for academic evaluation, grades, or advancement (quid pro quo), or when
    2. such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to limit or deny a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or affects employment, creating a hostile environment.

    Discriminatory harassment is defined as conduct that targets an individual based upon age, color, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran’s status and that adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s education, housing, or participation in a university activity; or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for academic pursuits, housing, or participation in university activities.

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  • Critics say new Policies can Stifle Free Speech

    April 9, 2016

    By Chris Quintana at Albuquerque Journal  University of New Mexico officials say the recent increase in federal Title IX reports shows more people are aware of the issue of sexual discrimination and violence, but free speech advocates say that complying with Title IX can stifle free speech protected by the First Amendment… Read more here.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.