Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis 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
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Right to Freedom from Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    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, ... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    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 s... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Purpose of the Code

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    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 … Read More
  • Residential Handbook: Anti-Bullying and Intimidation Policy

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    Bullying is defined by The Office of Housing and Residence Life as actions and behaviors that are intended to intimidate, coerce, degrade, abuse, badger, harm or negatively impact another person. This definition includes but is not limited to sexual orientation, gender expression, sex, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic... Read More
  • Student Incident Reporting

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    Understand what incidents to report Trust your best judgment. If you believe a student’s safety, body, beliefs, or rights have been violated, report it. Read the following definitions to know how to identify incidents. … Harassment A form of discriminatory behavior consisting of physical or verbal conduct ... Read More
  • Policy UA-03: Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    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, e... Read More
  • Residential Handbook: Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    Unauthorized postings or postings deemed inappropriate at any time will be removed without notice. Read More
  • Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Right to Freedom of Association, Expression, Advocacy, and Publication

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: March 12, 2019

    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 d... Read More
  • Banned Books Week: When FIRE defended the right to read

    September 29, 2017

    In honor of Banned Books Week, today we’re reflecting on memorable FIRE cases involving access to literature. Access to a diverse literature — and the freedom from the fear of punishment for utilizing that access — is one of the most important educational resources a university can offer its students. FIRE proudly defends the students’… Read more

  • What Campus Leaders Had To Say About Free Speech This Week [UPDATED]

    October 7, 2016

    Campus leaders have recently been taking advantage of opportunities—sometimes under pressure—to explain their approach to freedom of speech and other principles enshrined in the First Amendment. How did they fare with such tests this week? The Good Washington State University (WSU) Members of WSU’s administration—President Kirk Schulz, Provost and Executive Vice President Dan Bernardo, and… Read more

  • Four Key Points About Free Speech and the Feds’ ‘Blueprint’

    July 15, 2013

    It’s been more than two months since FIRE and the higher ed community were shocked by a letter issued jointly by the Departments of Education and Justice to the University of Montana. FIRE staff have blogged extensively about the Departments’ “blueprint” for campus sexual harassment in the last 10 weeks, but there are four crucial points that I… Read more

  • John Stossel on Over-Regulation and FIRE’s Case at IUPUI

    July 14, 2010

    Do you remember the case of the young girl who put a single french fry in her mouth as she entered the Washington, DC, Metro, and found herself handcuffed and arrested? Here’s the story as told by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit: Ansche had stopped at a fast-food restaurant on the… Read more

  • Temple University Case on CPNLive

    January 22, 2010

    I was on Talk to Solomon on CPNlive.com last night discussing FIRE’s case at Temple University, which charged an unconstitutional security fee to a student organization for an appearance by controversial Dutch legislator Geert Wilders. The discussion also covered FIRE’s work more generally, including a discussion of FIRE’s case at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI),… Read more

  • ‘U.S. News’ Readers: FIRE’s Red Alert List Exposes the Worst Violators of Campus Rights

    August 25, 2009

    The Story Behind FIRE’s U.S. News & World Report Ad… Why does FIRE’s ad in U.S. News & World Report show a book padlocked shut? One of FIRE’s most shocking cases was that of Keith John Sampson, a student-employee at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) who was found guilty of racial harassment for merely reading… Read more

  • Political Correctness vs. Freedom of Thought – The Keith John Sampson Story

    February 27, 2009

    One of FIRE’s most shocking cases in 2008 was that of Keith John Sampson, a student-employee at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) who was found guilty of racial harassment for merely reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan during his work breaks. Thanks to FIRE’s… Read more

  • FIRE Pens Open Letter to President Obama

    January 20, 2009

    This Inauguration Day, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has sent President Barack Obama an open letter requesting that, as a scholar of constitutional law and the leader of the nation’s executive branch, he and his administration join the fight against college and university speech codes that are infringing on the rights of millions… Read more

  • Rights in the News: Controversy at Southern Illinois Ignites FIRE’s 2009 Efforts

    January 16, 2009

    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) Chancellor Samuel Goldman and his administration have been a veritable one-stop shop for newsworthy content lately, as followers of The Torch this week are no doubt aware. In one of three articles penned by Adam Testa for the Southern Illinoisan, Goldman referred to FIRE as "embarrassing" SIUC into defending… Read more

  • New Video Documents Student-Employee Found Guilty of Harassment for Reading a Book

    December 23, 2008

    One of FIRE’s most shocking cases in 2008 was that of Keith John Sampson, a student-employee at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) who was found guilty of racial harassment for merely reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan during his work breaks. Thanks to FIRE’s… Read more

  • This Month in FIRE History: IUSB and Double Standards for Student Speech

    September 18, 2008

    In our nearly ten-year history, FIRE has seen many absurd cases in which students have been punished for exercising their First Amendment rights. One of our more interesting cases was finally resolved last September, when Indiana University–South Bend overturned its punishment of student reporter Robert Francis, whose only offense was asking questions of an actress… Read more

  • Weekly Media Round-up: Student Press Continues to Pressure IUPUI, and Harvey Silverglate on the Death of Parody on Campus

    August 1, 2008

    In what is already establishing itself as a regular feature of our Weekly Media Round-ups, I must begin by throwing out another hat tip to Chuck Norton at the IUSB Vision Weblog. This week Chuck has given a nod to Luke’s post on the lawsuit filed against Wayne State University by the Alliance Defense Fund… Read more

  • Weekly Media Round-up: Student Journalists Take the Reins at IUPUI

    July 25, 2008

    Following last week’s Associated Press-driven spike in coverage of student employee Keith John Sampson’s struggles at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indiana University–South Bend student Chuck Norton has continued his thorough and illuminating coverage of the incident in his IUSB Vision Weblog. Updates to Norton’s blog this week include a hard-hitting investigation of recently appointed… Read more

  • Weekly Media Round-up: IUPUI Heats up the News Cycle, and Richard Celeste Continues to Get it Wrong

    July 18, 2008

    FIRE’s public efforts on behalf of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) student-employee Keith John Sampson, who was convicted of racial harassment for reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan, received a major boost this week, courtesy of the Associated Press. The AP ran a story… Read more

  • FIRE Calls on IUPUI to Resolve Sampson Matter for Good

    July 17, 2008

    In a letter sent today to Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Chancellor Charles R. Bantz and others, FIRE calls on IUPUI to clarify the university’s official stance regarding the racial harassment charge against Keith John Sampson. As we have discussed on The Torch recently, IUPUI Director of Media Relations Rich Schneider has engaged… Read more

  • The Associated Press Covers IUPUI Debacle

    July 15, 2008

    Hot on the heels of last week’s Wall Street Journal opinion piece, the Associated Press has become the latest major media outlet to cover the travails of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis student-employee Keith John Sampson, found guilty of racial harassment for reading a book during his breaks from work. In an article published… Read more

  • Institutional Disharmony at IUPUI

    July 14, 2008

    Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) student-employee Keith John Sampson has received a letter from IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz apologizing for the exceptionally poor treatment he has received at the hands of the university. While Bantz’s letter represents a positive step, however, others within IUPUI’s administration have not done nearly as well by… Read more

  • IUPUI Changes Tune on Student’s ‘Racial Harassment’ Charge

    July 8, 2008

    Back in May, FIRE informed Torch readers that Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) had revoked its finding that student-employee Keith John Sampson was guilty of racial harassment for publicly reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. School administrators sent us a letter confirming… Read more

  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Attacks Student Cleared of Racial Harassment

    July 8, 2008

    INDIANAPOLIS, July 8, 2008—Two months ago, in the face of withering public criticism, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) revoked its original finding that student-employee Keith John Sampson had committed racial harassment by reading a book at work that celebrated the defeat of the Ku Klux Klan in a 1924 street brawl. Now, IUPUI… Read more

  • ‘The Wall Street Journal’ Covers Keith John Sampson’s Ordeal at IUPUI

    July 7, 2008

    In today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, Dorothy Rabinowitz documents the shocking case of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) student-employee Keith John Sampson, found guilty of “racial harassment” simply for reading a book during a break from work. Calling FIRE a “potent national watchdog group,” Rabinowitz, a member of the WSJ’s Editorial… Read more

  • Administrator in “Racial Harassment” Case at IUPUI Retires

    May 19, 2008

    Lillian Charleston, the administrator at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) who conducted the school’s investigation of Keith John Sampson for racial harassment, has decided to retire from her position as Affirmative Action Officer. In the aftermath of IUPUI’s mishandling of the case, Charleston as well as her department, the Affirmative Action Office (AAO),… Read more

  • Keith John Sampson on His ‘Nightmare’ at IUPUI

    May 9, 2008

    In an insightful column in the New York Post (hat tip: Instapundit), Keith John Sampson describes his experience at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in his own words. Sampson discusses the shock he felt at being found guilty of racial harassment for the mere act of reading a book in the break room… Read more

  • My ‘racial harassment’ nightmare

    May 9, 2008

    In November, I was found guilty of “racial harassment” for reading a public library book on a university campus. The book was Todd Tucker’s “Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is… Read more

  • Judging a Book By Its Cover – Literally

    May 5, 2008

    Over at The Huffington Post, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff has blogged about the conclusion of FIRE’s case at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In it, Greg recalls how university administrators punished student-employee Keith John Sampson for reading a book called Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux… Read more

  • Judging a book by its cover – literally

    May 2, 2008

    I hate the abuse of the word literally. Somehow our society has co-opted the word to mean something like “very much so” as opposed to, you know, literally. Since I’m a nerd about this stuff, it’s fun for me to use the word as it’s meant to be used. And today’s one of those fun… Read more

  • Victory at IUPUI: Student-Employee Finally Vindicated on Racial Harassment Charge

    May 1, 2008

    Today’s press release covers some great news from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI): Student-employee Keith John Sampson has finally been cleared of the racial harassment finding which was made against him. This thankfully marks the end of a prolonged and embarrassing episode. Torch readers will recall that Sampson was found guilty of racial… Read more

  • Victory at IUPUI: Student-Employee Found Guilty of Racial Harassment for Reading a Book Now Cleared of All Charges

    May 1, 2008

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 1, 2008—Administrators at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have revoked their finding that a student-employee was guilty of racial harassment merely for publicly reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. Following pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education… Read more

  • Individual Rights Languishing in Indiana

    April 16, 2008

    The April 15 issue of the IUSB Vision Weblog features a very good interview with Indiana University – South Bend’s former Chief Justice, Chuck Norton, who has been a close ally of FIRE in the case of Robert Francis, a reporter on a campus production of The Vagina Monologues. He was saved from punishment on… Read more

  • “Muzzle Tov” to Brandeis and Valdosta State from Greg

    April 11, 2008

    In his latest Huffington Post blog, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff recaps the 2008 Jefferson Muzzle awards, bringing special attention to with “winners” at Brandeis University and Valdosta State University. He also puts in an early nomination for 2009’s Muzzles: Finally, while I know it’s only April, I already have two nominations for next year’s Jefferson… Read more

  • New ‘FIREside Chats’ Podcast Available

    March 31, 2008

    In today’s episode of FIREside Chats, FIRE Vice President Robert Shibley and Justice Robert H. Jackson Fellow Azhar Majeed discuss Keith John Sampson’s case at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Sampson, a student-employee, was found guilty of racial harassment for reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated… Read more

  • FIRE Column on IUPUI Racial Harassment Finding in ‘Indy Star’

    March 25, 2008

    Today’s Indianapolis Star features a column written by FIRE’s Azhar Majeed, a Justice Robert H. Jackson Fellow, on Keith Sampson’s case at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Sampson, a student-employee, was found guilty of racial harassment for reading the book Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux… Read more

  • Book-reading IUPUI worker deserved better

    March 25, 2008

    It has become all too common for our nation’s colleges and universities to trample upon the free speech rights of students and faculty. Yet, to even the most seasoned observer of university foibles the case of Keith Sampson at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis is extreme. Sampson, an IUPUI student-employee, was found guilty of racial harassment… Read more

  • ‘Indianapolis Star’ Covers Racial Harassment Case at IUPUI

    March 18, 2008

    Keith Sampson’s case at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was recently covered in the Indianapolis Star. As we have reported previously on The Torch, Sampson, a student-employee at IUPUI, faced allegations of racial harassment for the mere act of reading a book entitled Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated… Read more

  • Commentators, Readers Weigh in on Racial Harassment Case at IUPUI

    March 7, 2008

    We at FIRE are certainly not alone in our outrage over the ludicrous treatment of Keith Sampson at Indiana University– Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Commentators and Torch readers alike have expressed shock, dismay, frustration, and other justifiable reactions to this case. To summarize, a co-worker complained about Sampson reading a book which provides a historical… Read more

  • A Follow-Up on Racial Harassment at IUPUI

    March 6, 2008

    Our coverage of Keith Sampson’s unbelievable case at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) appears to have generated a lot of discussion, in places such as Concurring Opinions, the Volokh Conspiracy, and Workplace Prof Blog. Unsurprising, as Sampson’s case represents a mind-boggling misapplication of workplace harassment law, and at a public university no less…. Read more

  • Read a Book, Harass a Co-Worker at IUPUI

    March 5, 2008

    In a stunning series of events at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Keith Sampson, a university employee and student, has been charged with racial harassment for reading a book during his work breaks. Sampson is in his early fifties, does janitorial work for the campus facility services at IUPUI, and is ten credits… Read more