Location: Jacksonville, Alabama
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit
Jacksonville State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following: Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
No student shall threaten, abuse, or degrade anyone on University owned or operated property.
Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
As a member of the JSU Housing and Residence Life Community, each member is expected to abide by and affirm the following community standards:
* I will respect the dignity of all persons and will not demean individuals or groups ….
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
No student shall engage in lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on University property or in University owned or operated buildings.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
All demonstrations or peaceful assemblies must be registered with the Director of Student Life or appointee at least 48 hours in advance. … Demonstrations or peaceful assemblies are generally defined as any public manifestation of welcome, approval, disapproval, protest, or conscience by a student or groups of students.
Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
The posting of materials in public areas must be approved by the UHRL office, and the department reserves the right to refuse such postings that contain rude, vulgar, indecent, or obscene expressions.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other written communications, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … The conduct seriously affects an employee’s or student’s performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive work or study environment.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
It is assumed that the student as a citizen has the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, freedom of political beliefs, and freedom from personal force and violence, threats of violence and personal abuse.
February 14, 2006
Even rank bigots and ignoramuses are capable of raising an arresting point every now and then. Iranian officials have been getting a lot of ink, for example, for noting that some of the same European countries defending the right of newspapers to print the Muhammad cartoons meanwhile ban speech denying the Holocaust. So are these countries hypocritical? To a point, obviously. But what the Iranians don’t acknowledge because it doesn’t suit their anti-Semitic thesis is that restrictions on free speech in Europe go well beyond the Holocaust. And in recent years, some of the major beneficiaries of these restrictions have […]» Read More
May 25, 2007
As Torch readers know, each month, FIRE features a college or university with a particularly egregious speech code as its Speech Code of the Month. We use Speech Code of the Month to educate the public about the ever-present problem of speech codes on campus, but the feature also helps put public pressure on these schools to encourage revisions of these repressive policies. An article in our new issue of The FIRE Quarterly discusses the changes in policies FIRE has witnessed in four institutions that have been named Speech Code of the Month in the past. Since June 2005, Albertson […]» Read More
April 13, 2007
FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month program has been an important vehicle for change. Since June 2005, five universities—Albertson College of Idaho, the University of Nevada at Reno, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Jacksonville State University, and the University of Mississippi—have changed their policies after being named Speech Code of the Month. In addition, the president of Western Michigan University has stated that his institution will revise a policy that was named FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month for March 2007. Thanks to a new feature, visitors to FIRE’s website can now see our Speech Codes of the Month together […]» Read More
December 29, 2006
As Torch readers know, each month FIRE singles out a particularly egregious speech code for our Speech Code of the Month award. While all twelve Speech Codes of the Month for 2006 were both tragic and laughable, I would like to highlight a few that deserve special mention as our Speech Codes of the Year: Jacksonville State University in Alabama. The student code of conduct at Jacksonville State provides that “No student shall threaten, offend, or degrade anyone on University owned or operated property.” Got that? You may not offend anyone on University property. Barnard College in New York City. […]» Read More
February 2, 2006
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for February 2006: Jacksonville State University. There must be something illiberal in the water in Alabama. In October of last year, FIRE Legal Network attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Troy University in Alabama for violating the First Amendment by maintaining a restrictive speech code and censoring student artwork. Now FIRE has learned that Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, Alabama, maintains one of the most illegally overbroad—not to mention simply inane—speech codes that we have ever seen. The student code of conduct at JSU provides that “No student shall threaten, offend, […]» Read More