Northern Michigan University

Location: Marquette, Michigan
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Northern Michigan 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Posting Materials Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    All notices, posters, signs, and banners must be registered for posting in the Center for Student Enrichment (1205 University Center) before they are displayed. Materials which are not registered may not be posted.

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  • Student Handbook: Distribution or Sale of NMU Student Publications and Other Written Materials 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Northern Michigan University believes in the freedom of students to express opinions and communicate ideas through writing, publishing, and distributing student publications and other written materials. In order to provide that freedom within an orderly framework, the following regulations are established for the distribution or sale of materials which are written, edited, published, or distributed by Northern Michigan University students. … A copy of materials that are to be distributed must be submitted in advance to the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office along with the name of a contact person of the sponsoring organization and/or sponsoring individual. This requirement will be waived for publications that are distributed on a regular basis (i.e., the North Wind).

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or visual communication or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment, public accommodations or public services, education, or housing; or creating an intimidating or hostile environment in employment, public accommodations, public services, education, or housing.

    When a complainant has communicated, verbally or in writing, that a behavior of a sexual nature is unwelcome, any repetition of that behavior or similar behavior will be considered unwelcome and is considered sexual harassment. No additional communication should be necessary for one to understand that his/her behavior is unwelcome.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Preamble 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code- Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    No students shall harass any member of the University community. Harassment for the purposes of this regulation shall be defined as verbal, physical, or written behavior which intimidates individuals or groups on any basis including race, ethnic background, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status, and interferes with an individual’s participation in the curricular or extracurricular activities of the University.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Code- Personal Abuse 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    No students shall verbally abuse, threaten, intimidate, harass, coerce, bully, or exhibit conduct which threatens or endangers the mental or physical health/safety of any person or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm. Personal abuse shall be defined as behavior that is persistent, severe, and/or pervasive.

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  • Is Northern Michigan University Targeting Campus Paper Due to Its Reporting?

    April 10, 2015

    Too often, college administrators forget that student newspapers exist to provide real news to the campus community, not just to write stories that portray their college in a good light. For example, the Collegian, the University of Tulsa’s student newspaper, recently faced threats from administrators after it published a critical report of the university’s unfair suspension of a student. Now, a Northern Michigan University (NMU) administrator may be punishing The North Wind, which has alleged that it faced intimidation for its reporting, for its public records requests and investigations regarding NMU’s business contracts. According to Student Representative and The North Wind […]

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  • Hurt Feelings Lead to ‘Personal Abuse’ Charge for Northern Michigan University Student President

    April 16, 2010

    Nearly two centuries ago, a brief respite in partisan bickering among our major national political parties led a journalist to coin the phrase the Era of Good Feelings to describe the early years of President James Monroe’s administration. I open with this nod to our early history because the administration at Northern Michigan University (NMU) seems bent on forcing a similar aura to emanate from its student government. And if the students can’t get it on their own, then darn it, NMU will do it by force, with threats and intimidation. NMU’s current controversy began with an April 1 letter authored by […]

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