University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

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

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth 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
  • Title IX and Sexual Assault/Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    Sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, such as sexual assault or acts of sexual violence. Read More
  • University Policies: ITS-001 Responsible/Acceptable Use of Computing Services

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    You can expect to lose your computer account, be disconnected from the network, face disciplinary action up to and including termination, possibly be charged with criminal offenses (either by the University or third parties such as the Record Industry) or have civil action taken for computer abuses such as: … ... Read More
  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & ANTI-HARASSMENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES and COMPLAINT FORM

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    “Harassment” means unwelcome conduct, whether verbal or physical, that is based on a characteristic protected by law. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: 1. display or circulation of written materials or pictures that are degrading to a person or group as previously described; and 2. verbal abuse or insults ... Read More
  • Doc. T16-040: University of Massachusetts Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    b. 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 progra... Read More
  • Bias & Hate

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    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, hei... Read More
  • Bullying, Harassment and Violence

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    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: FOC-002 Public Forum Use of University Facilities

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    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 Unive... 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: August 24, 2018

    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 Student Conduct Policies and Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    Disorderly conduct: … Individual or group activities that intentionally or recklessly cause 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: August 24, 2018

    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: August 24, 2018

    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
  • University Policies: STU-024 Student Conduct Policies and Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    Harassment includes but is not limited to, actions that prevent the person from conducting his or her customary or usual affairs. Also included is conduct less than a physical attack or physical interference that is directed at a person and that unreasonably interferes with that person in the conduct of his or her c... Read More
  • University Policies: STU-016 Student Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    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
  • University Policies: T94-059 – Code of Student Conduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 24, 2018

    Sexual harassment is a form of general harassment and is defined as follows: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature if the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • 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