Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Location: Indiana, Pennsylvania
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

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
  • The Source: Acceptable Use Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    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 or other communications prohibited by law.

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  • The Source: Scheduling University Facilities 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The university may require security services at any extracurricular event at the expense of the sponsor.

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Green Light Policies
  • The Source: Student Conduct Policies and Procedures 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    As a member of the academic community and of the larger society, a student retains the rights, protections, 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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  • The Source: Freedom of Assembly – Demonstration Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Demonstrations may be held anywhere outdoors on the campus, so long as they do not disrupt the normal operation of the university or infringe on the rights of other members of the university community.

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  • The Source: University Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment and sexual violence consist of the following:

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature (including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), when: … such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to have the effect of creating a hostile or offensive work or educational environment that substantially interferes with work or educational performance or negatively affects an individual’s employment or educational opportunities.

    Complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, will be reviewed from a standard of a “reasonable person” of the same sex as the complainant.

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  • The Source: Student Conduct Regulations 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment – Repeated, severe or pervasive actions directed towards specific individual(s) with the intent or effect to harass
    or alarm including actual, attempted or threatened physical contact or acts that serve no legitimate purpose.

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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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