Jacksonville State University

Location: Jacksonville, Alabama
Website: http://www.jsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Terms and Conditions for Use of JSUNet

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    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.

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  • Guide to Residence Living: Community Standards

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    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 ….

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Personal Abuse

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    No student shall threaten, abuse, or degrade anyone on University owned or operated property.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Obscene Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    No student shall engage in lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on University property or in University owned or operated buildings.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Right of Expression

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    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.

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  • Guide to Residence Living: UHRL.0029 Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    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.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    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.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    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.

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  • Title IX Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 9, 2015

    Sexual Harassment (Or Attempt to Commit the Same)  – Unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is, sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program or activities, and is based on power differentials (quid pro quo), that creates a hostile environment, or is undertaken as retaliation.

    Conduct in violation of this policy is not limited to sexual activity. Any abusive, harassing, or discriminatory conduct based upon a person’s gender, sexual orientation, or sexual identity, real or perceived; any conduct intentionally done based upon a person’s or persons’ gender, sexual orientation, or sexual identity, real or perceived, or that results in depriving an individual or class of individuals of equal enjoyment of educational or employment opportunities or access violates this policy; and any action, conduct or even inaction undertaken in retaliation for making a complaint of sex or gender-based discrimination, or having the same result regardless of intent, is also a violation of this policy.

    Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to: …

    1. Bullying, defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally (that is not speech or conduct otherwise protected by the 1st Amendment).

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  • On Point: Speak no evil

    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 […]

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  • ‘Speech Code of the Month’ in ‘The FIRE Quarterly’

    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 […]

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  • New Speech Code of the Month Website Feature

    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 […]

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  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2006

    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. […]

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Jacksonville State University

    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, […]

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