Saginaw Valley State University

Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Saginaw Valley 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
  • 4.6-1 Internet and Network Resources Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    Users must not use the University Network for partisan political activities, revenue-generating advertising, promoting business not related to the University, or personal business. … Users must not promote illegal activity or material that negatively affects the University, or distribute copyrighted, pornograp... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Demonstrations and Assemblages

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    Students have the right to assemble lawfully and express their concerns in ways that do not interfere with others or with the normal functions of the university. Demonstrations and assemblages on the campus must be held in such a place and manner so that the public peace of the campus is maintained. The Office of th... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Facilities and Equipment- Postings

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    Postings on university property must be approved through the Student Life Center, may only be displayed in authorized areas, and must meet University Posting Policy regulations. Postings in University Housing must be approved through the Residential Life Office. Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Assault – Verbal

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    No student shall engage in verbal assaultive behavior or communicate the intent to engage in assaultive behaviors (including written or electronic transmissions), verbal threats, self-destructive behaviors or gestures or other conduct to cause danger to the personal, mental or physical health, safety or welfare of m... Read More
  • 2.5-2 Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    The Law and the University’s Policy The law defines “sexual harassment” as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when … (b) such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an indivi... Read More
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Rights of Citizenship

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    Students, as members of the academic community, enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition that other citizens enjoy. Read More
  • 3.6-1 Sexual Misconduct Policy (Interim)

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    Sexual Harassment is conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the educational institution’s education program or ac... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Stalking/Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 26, 2020

    No student shall engage in any conduct involving harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, or that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. Read More
  • Speech Code of the Month: Wake Forest University

    May 5, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for May 2014: Wake Forest University. Wake Forest’s “Campus Posting” policy explicitly restricts student postings on the basis of their viewpoint. Not only does the policy ban any postings subjectively deemed “sexist,” “racist,” “derogatory,” or not in “good taste,” but it threatens violators with fines and disciplinary action. With this policy, Wake Forest places an impermissibly heavy burden on students wishing to express controversial political or social opinions on campus.

  • ‘techdirt’ on Saginaw Valley State U’s Censorship of Anti-Censorship Posters

    December 27, 2012

    In an article titled “University Utilizing Faulty Irony Detector Censors Flyer Protesting Its Censorship Policy” published today on popular technology blog techdirt, Tim Cushing comments on FIRE’s ongoing case at Saginaw Valley State University. Cushing points out the continuing oddity of higher education’s insistence on treating adult students as “overly sensitive children who need to… Read more

  • Saginaw Valley State’s Scofflaw Administrators Ignore First Amendment

    December 7, 2012

    DETROIT, December 7, 2012—Blatantly ignoring the First Amendment, administrators at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) in Michigan’s Tri-Cities area have repeatedly censored a student’s posters—ironically, posters that protest a new, unconstitutional SVSU policy that allows the school to censor student postings. SVSU student Daniel Chapman has come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Saginaw Valley State University

    November 6, 2007

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for November 2007: Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). SVSU, a public university in Michigan with approximately 8,000 undergraduates, maintains a Policy on Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Racial Harassment that provides: Physical acts or threats or verbal slurs, invectives or epithets, taunting or verbal abuse, degrading comments or… Read more