Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Location: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 3rd Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 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.

  • Pennsylvania House of Representatives Select Committee on Student Academic Freedom

    September 19, 2005

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives brought together a committee to examine allegations that Pennsylvania’s public universities were plagued by liberal ideology and indoctrination. David A. French, at the time president of FIRE, served as a legal adviser to the panel. FIRE released FIRE Report on the First Amendment Responsibilities of Pennsylvania State-Funded Colleges and Universities, explaining that Pennsylvania universities are bound to follow the strictures of the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions, notably to respect the expressive rights of students and faculty members, to protect religious liberty on campus, and to protect freedom of conscience on campus.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Information and Administrative Technology Services: Policies Concerning Computer Use 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 15, 2014

    Users are expected to use good judgment and exercise civility at all times when utilizing IT resources, and respect the large, diverse community utilizing these resources in a shared manner.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 15, 2014

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … such conduct is so severe and pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s welfare, academic or work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive or demeaning education or work environment. 

    For purposes of this policy, even if misbehavior is not sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute a basis for an award of damages or other relief to a victim under state or federal law, Slippery Rock University may still issue disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employees, so long as the acts committed by an employee are a sufficient basis on which to issue discipline. Therefore, if the acts constitute a violation of the university’s code of conduct for students, the university may issue discipline.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Harassment/Intimidation/Disruptive Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 15, 2014

    No student shall engage in harassing, intimidating, or threatening conduct. This includes stalking.

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  • Discrimination and Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 15, 2014

    Harassment is a form of discrimination and is generally understood as being serious and persistent or pervasive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s ability in the work, learning or other university environment.

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  • Student Organization Manual: Sales and Solicitation 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 15, 2014

    The University encourages and supports the exercise of constitutionally protected freedoms including
    freedom of speech and association. All persons may exercise their rights to free expression in outdoor areas
    that are generally accessible to the public. Non-commercial solicitation is generally protected as an exercise
    of free speech. Individuals may make available and offer free literature or other materials related to their
    expression, request that individuals sign petitions, and engage in informational picketing and other expressive
    activities that do not substantially interfere with the orderly operation of the campus. Generally, no advance
    notice or approval is necessary to engage in expressive activities in outdoor areas except as specifically
    addressed in this policy.

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