Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Location: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.sru.edu
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
  • Student Code of Conduct: Violations

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2017

    Harm to Others Violations Include: …

    c. Harassment, or a pattern of behavior that involves verbal abuse or harassment, threats, intimidation, bullying, coercion, stalking, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health and safety of another person(s) or another person’s property.

    […]

    e. Bullying, or the repeated and intentional harassment that has the effect of intimidating another person.

     

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Appendix C- Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2017

    Responsibilities of Users of IT Resources: … 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.

    […]

    Prohibited Uses of IT Resources: … Using IT resources to transmit abusive, threatening, or harassing material or other communications prohibited by law.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Appendix G- Sexual and Gender Based Misconduct Policy for Students

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2017

    Hostile Environment Harassment

    Conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or learning performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or learning environment.

    […]

    Sexual Harassment

    Unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, limiting or denying someone the ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Appendix J- Right to Student Assembly

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2017

    Students have the right to peacefully assemble and to protest issues of concern. Such rights are balanced with the need of the University to continue daily functions. Students and student organizations are expected to keep the peace and to abide by general guidelines for peaceful assembly.

    Students and student organizations will allow classes, lectures, meetings and other University functions to be conducted in a peaceful and orderly manner.

    Students and student organizations will respect the rights of others, including invited speakers, to express their views.

    Students and student organizations will respect the rights of others to move freely, allowing access of persons and vehicles through designated passages.

    Students and student organizations must obtain proper permission prior to entering any office or residence of an administrative officer, faculty member, employee, or student.

    Students and student organizations must utilize University premises in accordance with their authorized purposes and posted hours.

    Students and student organizations must leave any premise after being ordered to do so by an authorized member of the University community or University official.

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  • Discrimination and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2017

    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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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.