Location: Pomona, New Jersey
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey 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.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
It is important to remember that space includes all College property, not just rooms in buildings. Thus, organized
activities that require plazas, galleries, classrooms, athletic facilities, etc., must also be requested through the
above procedures with the Office of Student Development.
Student Handbook: Student Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Academic/Educational Environment 14-15
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Under this policy, discrimination/harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based upon [a list of] protected categories and will not be tolerated.
For purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined, as in the Equal Employment Opportunity Guidelines, as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when, for example: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic/work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive academic/work environment.
Examples of conduct that may, when severe, pervasive or persistent, constitute sexual harassment and are therefore a violation of this policy include, but are not limited to:
- Generalized gender-based remarks and comments
- Unwanted physical contact such as intentional touching, grabbing, pinching, brushing against another’s body or impeding or blocking movement
- Verbal, written or electronic lewd, vulgar or obscene comments, jokes or unwanted propositions including letters, notes, e-mail, text messages, invitations, gestures or inappropriate comments about a person’s clothing ….
It is also a violation of this policy to use derogatory or demeaning references regarding a person’s race, gender, age, religion, disability, affectational or sexual orientation, ethnic background, or any other protected category referenced in the preceding section that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent and is objectively offensive as to substantially disrupt or undermine a person’s ability to participate in or receive the benefits, services, or opportunities of the College.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
It is prohibited to use electronic communication facilities such as mail, phone, Internet or systems with similar functions to send fraudulent, harassing, obscene, indecent, profane, intimidating, or unlawful messages that are sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent and are objectively offensive as to substantially disrupt or undermine a person’s ability to participate in or receive the benefits, services or opportunities of the College.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
The Campus Conduct Code specifically prohibits the following:
5. Any action that harms, threatens bodily harm or presents an imminent danger of harm to
any person (See also Disposition of Domestic Violence Complaints).
7. Conduct which is severe, ongoing, and/or prevents a member of the institution from
engaging in College activities, or conduct that violates the College’s policy prohibiting
discrimination. (See Student Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Academic/
Educational Environment in this Student Handbook)
11. Disruptive, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct on or off the College property or at a
College-sponsored or supervised function.
August 24, 2005
Hundreds of thousands of families across North America are now preparing their children for college. As parents hustle to buy clothing, repair secondhand cars and otherwise fret about the impending separation, they should consider how their son or daughter’s human rights will fare on campus. Their freedom of speech is particularly vulnerable. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has just released its Speech Code of the Month Award for August, which recognizes abuses of First Amendment rights. The winner? Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a public institution allegedly bound by the Constitution. Stockton’s speech code policies contain […]» Read More
August 25, 2005
Wendy McElroy’s latest Fox News column asks parents an important question: “Will Colleges Respect Your Child’s Rights?” The short answer, of course, is “fat chance.” As evidence, McElroy points out Richard Stockton College, FIRE’s Speech Code of the Month “winner” for August, as well as our appalling case at William Paterson University. McElroy also plugs FIRE’s Spotlight and our Guides series as tools for parents. Her advice for parents is more than appropriate: Parallels between Orwell and current academia can be carried too far. But the existence of clear parallels should concern every parent who has a child heading toward […]» Read More
August 1, 2005
FIRE announces the Speech Code of the Month for August 2005: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. As a public institution, Richard Stockton is legally bound by the U.S. Constitution. Its anti-harassment policy, however, infringes upon protected speech and is particularly outrageous because it explicitly infringes upon the free exchange of ideas in the classroom. Richard Stockton maintains a Student Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment or Hostile Environments in the Academic/Educational Environment. It is a violation of this policy “to use derogatory or demeaning slurs to refer to a person’s race, gender, age, religion, disability, affectational or sexual orientation, or ethnic […]» Read More
April 11, 2005
There’s a great article today in The Chronicle of Higher Education (account required to access), “The Truth About Teaching About Racism,” by Paul Lyons, a professor of social work and history at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He discusses the issues, including free speech, that come up when teaching about and discussing racism: I am not a great fan of those who see political correctness running rampant on college campuses. Although there is certainly more conformity than those people left of center are willing to admit, charges of political correctness ignore forms of right-wing conformity at some conservative institutions […]» Read More