Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Location: Mansfield, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.mansfield.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 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 here.

  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Violations of the Rights of Others

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2015

    Physical assault or abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion or conduct that injures, threatens or endangers the health and safety of any person.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Community Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: June 11, 2015

    The community bill of rights is a reminder to you of your rights as an individual and your responsibility to your fellow community members. …

    The right to be free from the fear of intimidation and physical and or emotional harm. …

    The right to be free from peer pressure or ridicule regarding one’s beliefs, interests, and behavior.

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  • Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2015

    Users must agree to the following: Respect for the rights of others is imperative. Civil discussion is at the heart of a university community free of intimidation and harassment and based upon a respect for individuals as well as a desire to learn from others. While debate on controversial issues is inevitable and essential, bear in mind that it is the user’s responsibility to do so in a way that actually advances the cause of learning and mutual understanding.

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  • Sexual Discrimination and Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2015

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature whether intentional or not, when: …

    • The unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe, persistent, pervasive and objectively offensive as to substantially limit or interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities or equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities; OR
    • Such contact creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive living, working or educational environment.

    Sexual harassment is further defined as conduct that focuses on a person’s sexuality or gender, rather than on their contributions as a student, employee or member of the University community.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Violations of the Rights of Others

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2015

    Harassment.

    a. Any act, display, or communication that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her personal safety. This includes, but is not limited to, physical coercion or restraint.

    b. Any act, display, or communication that causes substantial injury or distress to the person or persons to whom it is specifically directed that results in the individual being deprived of educational activities or opportunities.

    c. Any attempt to repeatedly make contact with a person when asked to stop. This includes, but is not limited to, intentionally following another person in or about a public place or places.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Violations of the Operation of the University

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2015

    Online harassment by e-mail blogs, web pages, social networking sites, and other modes of electronic communication. Online speech by students not involving University networks or technology is protected free expression except when it is a threat a reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of intent to inflict bodily harm upon specific individuals.

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

    August 2, 2011

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for August 2011: Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Mansfield’s student handbook, the Mountie Manual, includes a Student Rights and Responsibilities document. Under the heading of “freedom from discrimination,” the policy states: It is everyone’s responsibility to create a social order that is free of discrimination. We are obligated to examine our own behavior and to provide role models for others which are free of racism and other actions which either diminish the self-esteem or any person or create an atmosphere in which their striving for competence is diminished. … If any member of […]

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