Lyndon State College

Location: , Vermont
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 2nd Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Lyndon State College 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.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Vermont State Colleges Manual of Policy and Procedures: Non-Discrimination and Prevention of Harassment and Related Unprofessional Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 26, 2018

    Under Vermont law, “harassment” means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct or communication, including any incident conducted by electronic means, based on or motivated by a person’s or person’s family member’s, actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, HIV-positive blood test results, or any other status protected by state or federal law that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or an employee’s performance, or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

    Harassment includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, and taunts on manner of speech and negative references to customs related to any of the protected categories.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct & Conduct Administration Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 26, 2018

    Theft or other abuse of computer time or phone service including, but not limited to: …

    e. Use of computing facilities or phone service to send threatening, harassing, obscene or abusive messages.


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  • Lyndon State College Policies and Procedures No. 356: Solicitation Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: October 23, 2017

    The college has designated the following places as “public areas” available for use by any person or organization for public speaking and/or solicitation:

    1. the picnic area by Dragon Pond;
    2. the parking lots;
    3. the amphitheater, and
    4. the grassy area near the Activities Building (by the Etruscan Sculpture).

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code of Conduct & Conduct Administration Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 26, 2018

    Behavior which threatens or endangers the health or safety of oneself or others, whether actual or implied, or results in personal injury to oneself or others. This includes disorderly conduct, including but not limited to public intoxication, lewd or indecent or obscene behavior, libel, slander, simple assault, verbal conduct, racial or sexual slurs, threats, intimidation, harassment and hazing against any member of the college community including faculty, staff and students.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • Speech Code of the Month: Lyndon State College

    February 9, 2015

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for February 2015: Lyndon State College (LSC) in Vermont. LSC’s “Civility Policy” prohibits “uncivil, disrespectful, or disruptive expressions of opinions including obscenities.” As someone at LSC surely must know, most “obscenities” (commonly understood as curse words) and disrespectful or uncivil language are wholly protected by the First Amendment, which LSC—as a public college—may not violate. Regarding profanity, the Supreme Court of the United States has explicitly held that the state, of which the LSC administration is a part, may not ban the use of curse words. The Court noted that while the […]

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