Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Location: Indiana, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.iup.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Indiana University of Pennsylvania 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.

  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Life: Campus Space and Solicitation

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    All activities/events at outdoor campus space must be requested and registered a minimum of ten business days prior to the event. This is necessary to ensure coordination among University Police, Grounds and Maintenance, and other university offices with respect to the request.

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  • The Source: IT Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Users are expected to use good judgment and exercise civility at all times when utilizing IT resources, and respect the large, diverse community utilizing theses resources in a shared manner. … Prohibited uses of IT resources … Use of IT resources to transmit abusive, threatening, or harassing material.

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  • The Source: Violence, Intolerance, and Hate

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    At Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), we are deeply committed to responding to all acts of violence, intolerance, and hate. Regardless of severity, context, persons involved, or location (i.e., on-campus or in the local community), we ask that you report all acts of violence, intolerance, or hate.

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Green Light Policies
  • The Source: Student Conduct Policies and Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Harassment – repeated, severe, or pervasive actions directed towards a specific individual, group, or entity with the intent or effect to disturb or alarm.

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  • The Source: University Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    Sexual Harassment – Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, regardless of gender or gender identity, where: … such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, or deprives an individual from participating in or benefitting from the University’s education or employment programs and/or activities. Conduct must be deemed severe or pervasive from both a subjective and an objective perspective.

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  • The Source: Student Conduct Policies and Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: January 17, 2019

    The University fully recognizes the right of all students to seek knowledge, debate, and freely express their ideas. Discourse and disagreement are fundamental components of any academic endeavor, and students will not be subject to disciplinary action for their lawful expression of ideas. A student retains the rights, protection, guarantees, and responsibilities which are held by all citizens. The University conduct system does not eclipse, in intention or application, the constitutional rights and guarantees of students.

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  • A new wave of PC on campus

    December 12, 2005

    ALAN TEMES, an assistant professor of health and physical education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was getting good reviews on the job until his politics became an issue. Temes, who opposes the war in Iraq, began posting updates of the body count of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians on a bulletin board near his office. Last April, department chair Elaine Blair e-mailed Temes advising him to stop posting the notices. Then, Temes claims in a lawsuit, she warned him that continued antiwar protests would hurt his chances of getting tenure. Later, he was denied tenure, despite apparently meeting the qualifications […]

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  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2005

    December 29, 2005

    An outrageous number of colleges and universities severely restrict their students’ expressive rights—so many that researching and analyzing these restrictions is my full-time job. As 2005 draws to a close, I would like to highlight just a few of the particularly outrageous (but, sadly, quite common) restrictions that I found in the course of my research this year. These institutions should be ashamed of themselves. Stevens Institute of Technology provides students with a laundry list of behaviors that constitute sexual harassment, including “sexist jokes,” “comments regarding a person’s attire,” “displaying or discussing materials pertaining to males or females in a […]

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