Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
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: July 6, 2018

    Impermissible uses (some of to 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: Discrimination (including sexual harassment) Complaint and Investigation Procedures- Policy on Non­-Discrimination and Non­-Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    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, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, 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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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code: Acts of Misconduct

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    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. Acts against self or others, including, but not limited to:

    a. Behavior or conduct which poses a threat to the mental, emotional, or physical well-being of self or others
    b. Bullying
    c. Direct threat of violence
    d. Disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, lewd and indecent behavior, engaging in violent, abusive, boisterous or loud behavior
    e. Harassment
    f. Intentional interference with or disruption of any class
    g. Intentional obstruction or interference with anyone’s right to attend or participate in any University activity
    h. Intimidation
    i. Misuse of social media or electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying
    j. Physical abuse
    k. Retaliation
    l. Sexual assault
    m. Stalking
    n. Verbal abuse

    8. Intimidation or harassment based on protected class status

    Acts of misconduct or a bias incident when committed by reason of the age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital or civil union status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status of another individual or group of individuals.

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    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:

    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.

    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: July 6, 2018

    Residents of University Housing possess specific rights while living and learning in Housing facilities. With these rights come reciprocal responsibilities to ensure the same rights for other members of the community.

    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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Green Light Policies
  • Policy on Expressive Activity – 6E1

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    For members of the University community, including students and student organizations, the outdoor areas of campus are venues for free expression, including speeches, demonstrations, and the distribution of literature.

    SIUE shall not consider the content or viewpoint of the expression or the possible reaction to that expression in applying this policy. SIUE shall not impose restrictions on students, student organizations, or University employees due to the content or viewpoint of their expression or the possible reaction to that expression. In the event that other persons react negatively to a student’s, student organization’s, or University employee’s expression, SIUE (including University police ) shall take necessary steps to ensure public safety while allowing the Expressive Activity to continue.

    For outdoor campus facilities and areas, members of the University community, including students, student organizations, and their sponsored guests may freely engage in spontaneous Expressive Activities provided that such activities are in compliance with all other provisions of this Policy …

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  • Southern Illinois U. Says It Won’t Tolerate Activism by Athletes in Uniform, Then Backs Off

    August 30, 2018

    by Emma Pettit at The Chronicle of Higher Education Effective this semester, Southern Illinois University athletes and cheerleaders were barred from showing any sign of activism while in uniform — a decision that ran afoul of the First Amendment, according to some free-speech groups. After an outcry, though, the university rescinded the new ban on Thursday, according to the student newspaper, the Daily Egyptian… Read more here.

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  • Two universities’ responses to cheerleader protests demonstrate need for principled student-athlete speech policies

    September 18, 2018

    In late August, Southern Illinois University rescinded a restrictive student-athlete speech policy it passed in response to its cheerleaders kneeling during a national anthem before a football game. About a week later, cheerleaders at Kennesaw State University sued their school for prohibiting them from engaging in the same expressive conduct. This lawsuit, and SIU’s waffling over its student-athlete speech policy, are just two examples of universities struggling to forge workable solutions to issues regarding national anthem protests and student-athlete expression. At SIU in 2017, three cheerleaders knelt while the national anthem played at a college football game. SIU Chancellor Carlo […]

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