Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Location: , Illinois
Website: http://www.siue.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • Responsible Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: November 17, 2017

    Impermissible uses (some of which may also constitute illegal uses) include, but are not limited to, the following: …

    • Posting or sending obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit, or offensive material;
    • Posting or sending material that is contrary to the mission or values of the University…

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  • Policies of the Board of Trustees of SIU: Policy on Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 17, 2017

    Discriminatory harassment includes, but is not limited to, conduct (oral, written, graphics or physical) directed against any person or group of persons because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran’s status that has the purpose of or reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating or hostile environment for that person or group of persons. Such conduct includes but is not limited to objectionable epithets demeaning depictions or treatment and threatened or actual abuse or harm.

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  • Demonstrations on University Property

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: November 17, 2017

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has designated an area within the paver marked section of Stratton Quadrangle and/or the Builders of the University Plaza for on-campus free expression and public demonstration activities.

    A free expression or demonstration activity shall be considered to be any public manifestation of welcome, approval, solicitation, protest, or condemnation as by an individual, mass meeting, procession, picketing, or occupation of premises. Distribution of leaflets, bulletins, pamphlets, and other non-commercial written materials shall be restricted only to the designated free expression area.

    All free expression and demonstration activities in the designated area shall be on a first-come, first-served basis and shall be limited to one hour duration if use of the area is requested by other persons or parties.  Use of the designated area at any time must be scheduled in advance with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration.

    Demonstrations planned for campus locations outside the designated free expression and demonstration area shall be registered with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration at least 48 hours in advance of the intended beginning time of the demonstration. Registration of these occasional demonstration activities is required to make certain that the University can accommodate the proposed demonstration. Whenever a demonstration is registered, the person registering the demonstration shall be given a copy of this policy.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code: Acts of Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 17, 2017

    Acts of misconduct for which students are subject to discipline include violations of University policy and regulations, local ordinances, and state and federal laws, and include, but are not limited to:

    1. OFFENSES AGAINST PERSONS
      1. Acts against self or others, including, but not limited to:
        1. Behavior or conduct which poses a threat to the mental, emotional, or physical well-being of self or others
        2. Bullying
        3. Direct threat of violence
        4. Disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, lewd and indecent behavior, engaging in violent, abusive, boisterous or loud behavior
        5. Harassment
        6. Intentional interference with or disruption of any class
        7. Intentional obstruction or interference with anyone’s right to attend or participate in any University activity
        8. Intimidation
        9. Misuse of social media or electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying
        10. Physical abuse
        11. Retaliation
        12. Sexual assault
        13. Stalking
        14. Verbal abuse

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  • Policies of the Board of Trustees of SIU: Policy on Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: November 17, 2017

    Sexual Harassment in higher education means any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or any conduct of a sexual nature, when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student’s academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment (this is a type of hostile environment sexual harassment).

    Hostile environment sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects an employee’s work performance, limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a University program or activity, or creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive working or academic environment. Sexual harassment generally includes something beyond the mere expression or display of views, words, symbols, images, or thoughts that some person finds offensive.

    Examples of behavior that may be considered sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

    d. Severe or persistent unwelcome verbal, physical or other expressive conduct that is offensive or humiliating in a sexual way. Such conduct may include comments of a sexual nature and/or sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, anecdotes, gestures, or facial expressions that would offend or humiliate a reasonable person in the circumstances of the individual experiencing this conduct. Conduct need not be in person but can be any form of communication including but not limited to written, telephonic, or electronic communication such as electronic mail and/or comments sent via the internet.

    f.  Any unwanted, inappropriate behavior that is targeted to a person or person(s) because of their gender or sexual orientation, for example repeatedly telling women (or men) that they are not capable of doing a certain kind of work.

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  • University Housing Living Guide: Community Responsibilities and Rights

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: November 17, 2017

    You have the responsibility to act in a kind, mature, and civil manner when interacting with others, including interactions via social media.

    You have the right to be free of fear from intimidation and physical or emotional harm; to be treated with dignity and respect.

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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.