North Carolina A&T State University

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Website: http://www.ncat.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

North Carolina A&T 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 here.

  • University of North Carolina System: State of the First Amendment

    January 10, 2006

    FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also reveals that “13 out of the 16 schools in the UNC System have at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Network Usage Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    Unacceptable activities include, but are not limited to: … Activity such as threatening the safety of individual(s) and/or property, intimidating or bullying individual(s), defamation of individual(s), and violation of student and/or employee policies

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  • Student Handbook: Guidelines and Implementing Procedures for the Use of University Facilities

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    In order to ensure timeliness and appropriateness of information for distribution to the university community, groups must clear all materials with the Office of Student Development. As a minimum requirement, all materials must include program title, date and sponsoring organization (see publication on banner and flyer guidelines for other requirements). Upon approval, group members are required to distribute materials in designated areas only. The student union lounge shall serve as a primary facility for persons wishing to distribute printed materials.

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  • Student Handbook: Residence Hall Policies- Prohibited Behavior

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    Prohibited Behavior (includes but is not limited to) … Bullying and cyberstalking.

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  • Student Handbook: Guidelines and Implementing Procedures for the Use of University Facilities

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    [U]se of University buildings and/or property is prohibited unless prior clearance and arrangements have been made.

    […]

    The University Event Center serves as the centralized operation through which all campus events and activities are scheduled, planned, coordinated and executed.

    University Event Center reservation request(s) must be submitted to the University Event Center 15 working days prior to any event in order to ensure timely processing, confirmation of availability and any costs associated with the production of the event.

    1. All events taking place outdoors, held in venues holding 500 people or more, and/or requiring ticket sales are considered major events. These events often require extensive logistical needs including, but not limited to, staging and sound/light equipment, campus security, musical performance/theatrical productions, etc.

    2. All persons/organizations planning major events must submit their reservation request(s) NO less than 30 days prior to the proposed event date. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    The University Event Center reserves the right to assign University Police coverage to any event deemed a safety risk. The sponsoring organization will be responsible for paying all costs associated with the event.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    Students have the responsibility to: … Conduct themselves with civility (respect and courtesy) toward all others at all times.

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  • Student Handbook: Misconduct Prohibited by the University

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    Hazing, harassment, and/or intimidation … defined as the intentional commission of an act, by an individual or a group, of physically abusing or harassing another person or creating a situation which produces physical hurt or discomfort, severe emotional distress, embarrassment, or ridicule.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited and unwelcome verbal, non-verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, academic activities or student experience or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or student life environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Misconduct Prohibited by the University

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    Engaging in harassment leading to a hostile environment, which includes conduct meeting the following criteria: a) directed toward a particular person or persons; b) based upon the person’s age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other basis protected by law; c) unwelcome; d) severe or pervasive; e) objectively offensive; and f) so unreasonably interferes with the targeted persons’ employment, academic pursuits or participation in university-sponsored activities as to effectively deny equal access to the university’s resources and opportunities.

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  • Student-on-Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: … such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, AND objectively offensive as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment or negatively affects a student’s educational opportunities (“hostile environment”).

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  • Student Handbook: Disruptive Conduct Statement

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 2, 2018

    N.C. A&T has long honored the right of free discussion and expression, peaceful picketing and demonstrations, the right to petition and peaceable assembly. Without question these rights are a part of the fabric of this institution, and they must remain secure.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • REPORT: North Carolina is home to some of America’s best colleges for free speech

    September 24, 2018

    Eight colleges in North Carolina earn FIRE’s highest rating for free speech — more than in any other state — but 17 still maintain policies that substantially restrict student expression. PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2018 — A new report finds that North Carolina’s colleges and universities lead the way nationally for protecting student free speech. The Tar Heel State is home to eight of only 42 institutions nationwide that earn the highest, “green light” speech code rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech?, released by FIRE and the James G. Martin […]

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  • FIRE Staff Appearing on Campus in Honor of Constitution Day

    September 17, 2014

    FIRE staff members will be traveling to Florida State University (FSU) and North Carolina State University (NC State) to speak to student groups as a part of their Constitution Week celebrations. Azhar Majeed, Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Education Program, will be speaking at FSU on “Fighting Back Against Speech Codes and Free Speech Zones at Florida State.” Robert Shibley, FIRE’s Senior Vice President, will be speaking at NC State on “Liberty in Peril: Speech Codes on Our Nation’s College Campuses.” Students, faculty, and FIRE supporters in both areas are invited to hear the presentations.

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  • Nearly Three Years Later, Significant Improvement at North Carolina’s Public Universities

    September 22, 2008

    In January 2006, FIRE and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released a Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The report took an in-depth look at the speech codes in force at each of the sixteen universities in the UNC System and made detailed recommendations for how those codes could be improved. At the time, 13 of the 16 schools in the system received a “red-light” rating from FIRE for maintaining policies that clearly and substantially restricted students’ right to freedom of speech. Happily, a number of the […]

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