Kent State University

Location: Kent, Ohio
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Kent State University 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
  • 4 – 03.301: Operational procedures and regulations regarding posting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    General posting procedure. The following procedures must be met in order to post on university bulletin boards. The facility curator is responsible for identifying the specific purpose of bulletin boards under their purview. Any posting not fulfilling the following requirements will be removed from the bulletin boar... Read More
  • Hallways Handbook: Resident Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A RESIDENT INCLUDE: … The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical harm, and emotional harm – and the responsibility to not intimate or harm others. Read More
  • 5 – 16.2: Administrative policy regarding complaints of Title IX sexual harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Sexual harassment. Conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the university’s education program or activity. Read More
  • 5 – 16: University policy regarding unlawful discrimination and harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Unlawful harassment. Includes intimidation, ridicule or insults that are sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent as to interfere with or limit the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the University; creates an intimidating, hostile or... Read More
  • 5 – 16: University policy regarding unlawful discrimination and harassment- Gender discrimination and harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Sexual harassment is defined as: (i) Unfavorable or unwelcome treatment; and (ii) Made without consent; and (iii) Is severe or pervasive; and (iv) Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance; or (v) Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Prohibited Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2020

    Harassment. a. Threatening or intimidating a person creating a rational fear within that person. b. Engaging in unwanted conduct or repeatedly committing acts directed at another person that would disrupt the educational process. c. Creating a condition that endangers or threatens the health, safety or welfare of an... Read More
  • Kent State University: Proposed Restriction on Campus Free Speech Rock

    September 24, 2020

    Students painted dueling messages on the Kent State free speech rock in August 2020 after protests over the homicide of George Floyd, and some of the messages offended members of the university community. In response, the university stated that it is exploring ways to address offensive expression on the rock, including potentially removing the rock…. Read more