Plymouth State University

Location: Plymouth, New Hampshire
Type: Public
Thank Plymouth State University for its commitment to free speech.

Speech Code Rating

Plymouth State University has been given the speech code rating Green. Green light institutions are those colleges and universities whose policies nominally protect free speech. Read more
  • Student Rights and Code of Conduct: General Student Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    Plymouth State University students, as individuals, enjoy the same rights that are guaranteed to every citizen of the United States and the State of New Hampshire.  The University affirms the right of students to freedom of expression, conscience, political and religious belief, and peaceful assembly and association. Read More
  • Student Rights and Code of Conduct: Bias Incidents

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    The University defines a “bias complaint” as “any report of a threat or act of harassment or intimidation – verbal, written or physical – which is personally directed against or targets a Plymouth State University community member because of that student’s age, color, disability, marital status, national or ethnic o... Read More
  • Student Rights and Code of Conduct: Freedom of Expression and Assembly

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    To facilitate robust debate and the free exchange of ideas, the University has established high visibility areas on campus as “Speakers Corners” that may be used by any person, including non-students and other campus guests, for expressive activities and related conduct, including the distribution of literature. Thi... Read More
  • Student Rights and Code of Conduct: Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 14, 2021

    In the educational environment, for conduct to constitute harassment under this policy, it must include more than the mere expression of views, words, symbols, or thoughts that another person finds offensive. The conduct must be: (1) unwelcome; (2) discriminatory on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national ... Read More
  • Information Technology Services: Email Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 16, 2020

    This policy covers the use of any email sent from a PSU email address and also applies to vendors, and agents operating on behalf of the University. … Persons may not use email in violation of USNH or PSU policies, or local, state or federal laws. This includes, but is not limited to: … Stalking, harassm... Read More
  • FIRE’s speech code ratings are just that — speech code ratings

    September 13, 2019

    From time to time, FIRE gets questions about the manner in which we assign our speech code ratings to colleges and universities. These ratings, after all, are central to our Spotlight Database, which compiles information about student speech policies at more than 450 institutions, public and private, and is relied upon by many to gauge… Read more

  • The cost of censorship: Plymouth State to pay $350,000 for firing professor over witness testimony

    April 30, 2019

    PLYMOUTH, N.H., April 30, 2019 — Former Plymouth State University adjunct professor Nancy Strapko reached a settlement with the university after she was fired for testifying in a criminal proceeding. Plymouth State agreed to pay Strapko $350,000 to avoid a lawsuit over her firing. Earlier this year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education listed Plymouth… Read more

  • 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2019

    February 12, 2019

    Every January, FIRE staffers convene to compile our list of the previous year’s worst colleges for free speech. Reviewing the lowlights of the year reminds each of us that campus censors can be pretty creative. Just when you think you’ve seen everything — and over FIRE’s 20-year history, we’ve seen a lot — some enterprising… Read more

  • FIRE calls on Plymouth State University to rescind faculty punishment over participation in criminal trial

    September 13, 2018

    Last week, FIRE wrote to Plymouth State University, calling on the university to reverse adverse actions taken against two PSU professors for participating in a criminal prosecution and offering support for a criminal defendant during her sentencing. This summer, PSU professor emeritus Michael Fischler and adjunct professor Nancy Strapko weighed in on the trial of… Read more

  • Plymouth State University Earns FIRE’s Highest Rating for Free Speech

    September 12, 2014

    PLYMOUTH, N.H., September 12, 2014—Plymouth State University (PSU) has eliminated all of its speech codes, earning the highest, “green light” rating from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). After working with FIRE to ensure its policies comply with the First Amendment, PSU has become the 20th institution nationwide—and the second institution in just… Read more