Millersville University of Pennsylvania

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

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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
  • Organization Guidebook: Millersville University Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2018

    1. In accordance with the University‘s drug and alcohol policy, the marketing, advertising or promotion of alcohol or referring to alcohol or other illicit drug use, abuse, sale or distribution is prohibited.
    2. Sexist and discriminatory materials are strictly prohibited.
    3. No more than one flyer will be allowed to be posted per bulletin board. 4. Approved signs may be hung on bulletin boards. All signs placed on glass doors/windows, painted/finished surfaces, or the building exterior will be removed. In addition, no posters, flyers or announcements may be attached to unapproved areas such as: trees, sidewalks, benches, walkways, stairs, trashcans, newspaper boxes or recycling bins.
    5. Staple guns are not permitted.
    6. All printed advertisements, announcements and signs must be identified with the name of the person responsible. …

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Green Light Policies
  • Judicial Affairs Handbook: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2018

    Engaging in conduct that is harassing, intimidating or threatening, or engaging in conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination based on another person’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, age, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected class. This includes conduct involving electronic communication.

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  • Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedures

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2018

    Harassment is defined as any type of conduct directed at an individual based on his or her protected class status that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it substantially interferes with an individual’s work environment, educational performance, participation in extra-curricular activities, or equal access to the University’s resources and opportunities.

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  • Title IX/Sexual Misconduct: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 30, 2018

    Sexual harassment consists of interaction between individuals that is characterized by unwelcome sexual advances, coercion, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, living conditions and/or educational evaluation; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for tangible employment or educational decisions affecting such individual; or (3) such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment.

    Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive, which results substantially limiting or interfering with an individual’s work, educational performance, participation in extra-curricular activities, or equal access to the University’s educational resources and opportunities will subject an individual to appropriate disciplinary action by the University.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • 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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