University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Location: North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 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
  • Doc. T16-040: University of Massachusetts Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    Harassment is conduct by a person or persons against another person or persons based upon their legally protected class that adversely has the effect of: (i) unreasonably interfering with a person or person’s employment, educational benefits, academic grades or opportunities, or participation in University programs ... Read More
  • Student Life: Corsairs Care- Bias & Hate

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    Bias Incident: Acts against people or property that do not appear to constitute a crime or actionable discrimination, but which may intimidate, mock, degrade, or threaten a member or group because of actual or perceived age, ancestry or ethnicity, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, heig... Read More
  • Bullying, Harassment and Violence

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes things like internet trolling or flaming, name-calling, threats, spreading rumors or threatening to release private information/phot... Read More
  • University Policies: STU-024 Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    Harassment includes but is not limited to, unwanted severe, aggressive or repeated actions that prevent a person from conducting their customary or usual affairs. Actions such as physical or emotional harm, damage to property, putting the target in reasonable fear of harm to oneself or property, or intimidation (inc... Read More
  • University Policies: FOC-002 Public Forum Use of University Facilities

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    These rules and regulations apply to all members of the University community, including undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and administrative staff as well as to guests and visitors … Public forum spaces are locations that by tradition or policy are available for public assembly and speech. The Univer... Read More
  • Housing and Residential Education Handbook: Policies and Community Standards

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    All residents are expected to be responsible members of both the residential and campus community; be respectful of others rights and privacy and the diversity others bring to the richness of the campus; act and speak with civility; honor and follow the rules and policies of UMass Dartmouth community; assist in the ... Read More
  • University Policies: STU-024 Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    Harming Behavior: Behavior that includes, but is not limited to, the true threat of or actual physical violence, abuse, harassment or bullying. For the purpose of the Code of Student Conduct, bullying is considered a form of harassment; behavior that causes a serious disturbance or distress to others. Read More
  • Housing and Residential Education Handbook: Posting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    The Office of Housing and Residential Life reserve the right to control the content of publicity devices (alcohol, tobacco, and community standards) as well as language on the advertisements. The original flyer or banner must be stamped no less than 48 hours before the event. Read More
  • University Policies: STU-025 Use of Technology Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    Campus Electronic Mail Policies will ensure that University email users will NOT: Send any unsolicited mail or materials that are of a fraudulent, defamatory, harassing, or threatening nature. Post materials that violate existing laws or University codes of conduct, are inconsistent with the University mission, or a... Read More
  • Acceptable Use Interpretation Guidelines

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    [I]t is a violation: To use electronic resources for harassment or stalking other individuals Read More
  • Title IX Grievance Procedure

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    Sexual harassment under Title IX means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University’s education program or a... Read More
  • University Policies: STU-016 Student Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 6, 2021

    The University recognizes the need for all members of the University community, administrators, faculty, staff, and students to reaffirm formally their profound commitment to freedom of speech and to clarify the implications of that commitment. In this context, freedom of speech encompasses all forms of communicatio... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • December 2019 Speech Code of the Month: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    December 11, 2019

    “Free speech zone” policies are on the decline. FIRE’s Spotlight on Speech Codes 2020 report, released last week, found that 8.3% of surveyed schools maintain such policies, which limit student expressive activities to small and often out-of-the-way areas on campus. This number represents a significant improvement over the past decade: A 2013 FIRE survey found… Read more

  • UMass Dartmouth Free Speech Zone: Unenforced, But Still Unconstitutional

    October 18, 2012

    Students at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth are speaking out against the university’s limitations on where students may protest or engage in public political speech.  As The Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.) reports, UMass Dartmouth’s "free speech zone" "encompasses a patch of grass 75 feet southeast of the campanile at the center of campus and bordered… Read more