Troy University

Location: Troy, Alabama
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Troy University 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
    Speech Code Memorandum for Troy University

  • Student Handbook: Technology Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    Cruelty, obscenity, crudity, and offensiveness, for the sake of offensiveness, have no place in the public discourse of a University community. As members of the University community, we are all responsible to one another and to the thinking and thoughtful community of which each of us ought to be a valuable part. E... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Housing and Residence Life- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    Discrimination, harassment, exclusion, abusive or insensitive language, or any other manifestation of bigotry with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, physical or mental ability, age, or sexual orientation are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any such acts will be dealt with as a seriou... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Troy University Policy on Harassment and Discrimination

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    For purposes of Troy University’s policy, harassment is any comments or conduct consisting of words or actions that are unwelcome or offensive to a person in relation to sex, race, age, religion, national origin, color, marital status, pregnancy, disability or veteran’s status. This is inclusive of comments or condu... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Troy University Policy on Harassment and Discrimination

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    Sexual harassment as defined by this policy includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other verbal, graphic, or physical conduct. If these events are of sexual nature it constitutes sexual harassment when submission to, or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly, affects an i... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Advertising, Distribution of Literature, Notices and other Printed Materials

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    Organizations or individuals proposing to distribute printed materials on the campus must obtain permission from the Director of Student Involvement and Leadership (Troy) or the Student Services Office (other campuses). Read More
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    16. Harassment • speech or other expression (words, pictures, symbols) that constitutes fighting words and is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere, limit, or deny one’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program. Fighting words may include, but are not limited to, wo... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Speech and Demonstration Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    Troy University recognizes and supports the rights of students and employees to speak in public and to demonstrate in a lawful manner. In order to maintain safety, security and order, and to ensure the orderly scheduling of campus facilities, and to preclude conflicts with academic and curricular activities, Troy Un... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Standards of Conduct- The Trojan Way

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    To live and perform “The Trojan Way”, we are expected to: Be Respectful Speak Appropriately Dress Properly for the Occasion Behave as a Responsible, Kind Person Adhere to Applicable Laws and Policies Read More
  • Student Handbook: Commitment to Free Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 16, 2019

    Students at public universities enjoy robust speech rights under the Constitution in order to contribute to the marketplace of ideas, learn from each other, and freely discuss and debate a wide range of issues. Troy University is committed to protecting the freedom of speech for students, faculty, and staff, and wil... Read More
  • Troy University: Speech Code Litigation

    October 31, 2005

    FIRE targeted the fifth university in its highly successful Speech Code Litigation project. FIRE’s continued effort to systematically demolish unconstitutional campus speech restrictions has already tasted victory at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, Texas Tech University, the State University of New York at Brockport, and California’s Citrus College. Despite its obligation as a public university to… Read more

  • Student Spotlight: Jeremiah Baky, Signatures for Speech at Troy University

    June 9, 2014

    The FIRE Student Network is proud to honor Troy University student Jeremiah Baky in its Student Spotlight.

  • The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2013

    December 27, 2013

    College is where inquisitive minds go to be exposed to new ways of thinking. But on some campuses, the quest for knowledge is frustrated when administrators censor speech they would prefer be kept out of the marketplace of ideas. To close out the year, we at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) want to highlight… Read more

  • Speech Codes of the Year: 2013

    December 26, 2013

    Each month, FIRE singles out a particularly reprehensible campus speech code for our Speech Code of the Month designation. While all of 2013’s Speech Codes of the Month flagrantly violated students’ or faculty members’ right to free expression, two of them were so egregious that they deserve special mention as 2013’s Speech Codes of the Year. Troy… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: Troy University

    May 8, 2013

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for May 2013: Troy University in Alabama. As FIRE’s annual speech codes report demonstrates, the percentage of colleges and universities maintaining unconstitutional speech codes has been on the decline for several years now. In our most recent report, the percentage of schools earning FIRE’s worst, “red light,”… Read more

  • Newspaper Theft at Troy University: Facebook Article Involved?

    February 15, 2006

    Today’s Inside Higher Ed features an article about an instance of illegal censorship at Troy University in Alabama, which holds the dubious distinction of being one of the targets of FIRE’s Speech Codes Litigation Project because of its unconstitutional speech code. The latest instance of censorship at Troy came last Thursday, when nearly 2,000 out… Read more

  • Speech Code Lawsuit V: The Censoring

    October 31, 2005

    It’s probably not such a happy Halloween at Troy University in Alabama. As you may have seen: MONTGOMERY, Ala., October 31, 2005—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) targeted the fifth university in its highly successful Speech Code Litigation project. Attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Troy University in Alabama for violating the… Read more

  • Alabama’s Troy University Faces Lawsuit for Unconstitutional Speech Code, Censorship

    October 31, 2005

    MONTGOMERY, Ala., October 31, 2005—Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) targeted the fifth university in its highly successful Speech Code Litigation project. Attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Troy University in Alabama for violating the First Amendment by maintaining a restrictive speech code and censoring student artwork. FIRE’s continued effort to systematically… Read more