Northwestern State University

Location: Natchitoches, Louisiana
Website: http://www.nsula.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Northwestern State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Policy on Public Speech, Assembly and Demonstrations

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2016

    Registration:

    • Complete application form (see page 2) including specified requests for event approval
    • Apply at least 24-48 hours or more prior to the actual event date
    • Processing may take up to 72 hours for non-student groups or groups outside the campus community
    • Dean of Students, or designee, makes every effort to approve applications quickly; however, applicants may not take action until an application is approved
    • Requested event cannot: interfere with another approved event interfere with University operations be scheduled during other major University events—as determined by Student Affairs

    Time: Limited to one, 2-hour time period every 7 days, commencing on Monday

    Place: University designated 3 specific campus locations:

    • Student Union Plaza
    • Prather Coliseum East Parking Lot (next to the tennis courts facing the coliseum)
    • Green Space between CAPA and Varnado Hall

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Informational Infractions

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2016

    Use of computing facilities to access, send, or receive obscene and/or abusive messages.

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  • Student Handbook: Cyberbullying

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2016

    Cyberbullying involves the use of information technology (email, websites, social networking, internet messaging, or any other technology) for hostile behavior to harm or to upset others. A person cannot easily get away from cyberbullying since using email and the internet are everyday practices.

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Assault & Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2016

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature when … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment, and has no legitimate relationship to the subject matter of a course or academic research.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Personal Conduct Infractions

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2016

    Physical abuse or threat thereof, verbal abuse, bullying, harassment, domestic or dating violence, intimidation, stalking, coercion, against any person.

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Green Light Policies
  • Free speech at Louisiana universities? It’s never too late to start: James Varney

    December 30, 2012

    by James Varney The Times-Picayune   Here’s a New Year’s wish for 2013: this year, on the 222nd anniversary of the Bill of Rights’ ratification, Louisiana colleges and universities will honor the freedom of speech. Thus far, unfortunately, defending the First Amendment is not a resolution many Louisiana schools of higher learning have kept. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education grades schools nationwide in terms of their commitment to free speech, a thing that, in theory anyway, would need no protection in a genuine marketplace of ideas. In Louisiana, not one of 7 public and 1 private colleges and universities analyzed […]

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  • UMass Chancellor: Campus Leaders Must Encourage Debate, Not Censorship

    July 31, 2013

    Far too often, college administrators fail to recognize the value of free speech in education and instead take action to censor students’ protected expression. However, Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, commendably advocated for free speech in a recent article for The Huffington Post.  Commenting on recent free speech controversies involving Rolling Stone magazine and Northwestern University, Subbaswamy voiced his support for the freedoms FIRE works hard to defend: The Bill of Rights in the Constitution is unprecedented in its protection of free speech, even hateful speech. It is those protections that form the enduring foundation of U.S. […]

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  • FIRE Cited in University Policy, But Speech Code Gets It Wrong on ‘Cyberbullying’

    August 16, 2012

    In what may be a first, FIRE has been directly cited in a university policy regulating student expression. Northwestern State University (NSU) in Louisiana maintains a Student Handbook policy on “Cyberbullying” (PDF) that states, in relevant part:  Cyberbullying involves the use of information technology (email, websites, social networking, internet messaging, or any other technology) for hostile behavior to harm or to upset others. A person cannot easily get away from cyberbullying since using email and the internet are everyday practices. For more information on bullying, visit the following sites: […] http://the fire.org/article/12945.html While we have a lot of experience analyzing […]

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