Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Location: Millersville, Pennsylvania
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Millersville 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
  • Judicial Affairs Handbook: Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome conduct by an individual(s) that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the living, educational, or employment conditions and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. Harassing conduct includes bullying, cyber bullying and stalking.

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  • Social Equity & Diversity: Cyber Bullying 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    People who cyber bully or cyber stalk: … Send or forward mean text messages

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  • Living on Campus Handbook: Decorations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    Windows and door exterior– if residents decorate their room windows or door, they should give consideration to the uniqueness of the University and the diverse population it serves. The Housing and Residential Program staff will contact students regarding inappropriate or offensive objects and decorations in the windows or on the door exterior.

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  • Living on Campus Handbook: “Fighting Words” is Harassment in the University Community 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    This policy prohibits the face-to-face use of “fighting words” by a student, faculty member, or staff member to harass any person or persons on the University campus or other property under University control. “Fighting words” are those personally abusive epithets which, when directly addressed to any ordinary person, in the context used as a matter of common knowledge, are inherently likely to provoke an immediate and violent reaction, whether or not they actually do so. Such expressions include, but are not limited to, those terms or gestures widely recognized to be derogatory references to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics.

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Green Light Policies
  • Social Equity & Diversity Policy Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, defines sexual harassment as: “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: … Such conduct has the effect of interfering with the individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.

    In Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in order to constitute sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the harassment must be “so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it can be said to deprive the victim’s access to the educational opportunities or benefits provided by the school.”

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  • Millersville University Standing Strong for Free Speech for Bill Ayers

    February 18, 2009

    Congratulations to Millersville University (MU) for promising to stand strong against protesters who want MU to disinvite controversial professor William Ayers from a lecture scheduled for March 19. Ayers became controversial during the 2008 presidential election and, since then, has been disinvited from University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and Georgia Southern University (GSU) under very questionable circumstances. At both schools, vehement calls to disinvite Ayers were followed by the claim that the disinvitation was merely for security purposes. At UNL, it was reported that a series of increasingly violent and credible threats made it impossible to guarantee security on campus, and […]

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  • Oxford Spies on Students through Facebook

    July 18, 2007

    The United Kingdom appears to be rapidly turning into a place where Big Brother is not just a character in a book, or a reality TV show, but a reality for everyone. Britain is well-known for its abundance of closed-circuit TV cameras that record everyone walking down the streets, all the time—and sometimes, the cameras even harangue you to stop doing what you’re doing. Yet the Argus-like eye of Britain is not confined to the increasingly ubiquitous security cameras—now, at least for Oxford University, is part of the equation. The AP reports that Oxford administrators are actively searching through […]

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  • Student Denied Degree Due to MySpace Picture; Litigation Commenced

    April 30, 2007

    The battle between students and university administrators over online privacy has reached a new—though sadly predictable—level of ludicrousness. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Stacy Snyder, a 27-year-old student at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, was denied her education degree (and the accompanying teaching certificate) after student-teacher advisors and university officials discovered an “unprofessional” picture of the degree candidate on her MySpace page. The picture, which portrays Snyder drinking from a plastic “Mr. Goodbar” cup and wearing a pirate hat at a 2005 Halloween party, is accompanied by the caption “Drunken Pirate.” Despite the fact that (a) Snyder was of legal […]

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