University of Akron

Location: , Ohio
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Akron 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 here.

Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement
    Last updated: December 15, 2013

    misconduct includes but is not limited to: ... Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or
    other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that
    expressly or implicitly imposes conditions upon, threatens,
    interferes with, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or
    demeaning environment for an individual’s:
    (i) Academic pursuits;
    (ii) University employment;
    (iii) Participation in activities sponsored by the
    university or organizations or groups related to the
    university, or
    (iv) Opportunities to benefit from other aspects of
    university life.

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  • Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement
    Last updated: June 5, 2003

    If the university provides the funds or facilities or lends its
    name to the various news media, it may have to bear legal
    and financial responsibility for the content and operation of
    the publications and of the programs of the radio stations.

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  • Student Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement
    Last updated: December 15, 2013

    Engaging in or threatening physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats,
    intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which
    intentionally or recklessly threatens or endangers the health,
    welfare or safety of any person.

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  • Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement
    Last updated: December 15, 2013

    Sexual harassment is sexual conduct that is "unwelcome." It may
    include, but is not limited to:
    (a) Uninvited verbal harassment or abuse such as sexual name
    calling, jokes, spreading sexual rumors, leers, or overly
    personal conversations of a sexual nature ....

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Prohibited Behaviors 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement
    Last updated: October 28, 2013

    Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources, including
    but not limited to: ... Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene
    or abusive messages.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement
    Last updated: October 28, 2013

    University students are both citizens and members of the university
    community. As citizens they enjoy the same rights such as
    freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and right of petition, and
    the same obligations as other citizens ....

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  • Univ. of Akron Will no Longer Require Students to Pre-register ‘Expressive Speech’

    October 9, 2015

    By Peter Fricke at Campus Reform The University of Akron has agreed to revise the unconstitutional speech policies that sparked controversy when a school official prevented students from passing out constitutions on campus. As originally reported by Campus Reform, first-year law student Anthony Palumbo and several classmates affiliated with an unofficial Young Americans for Liberty chapter at the university had just begun to set up pro-liberty and free-market themed signs with the intent of recruiting new members for their group when they were confronted by an administrator and ordered to disperse. “Hello, I work at the university. Let me just […]

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  • BOOK REVIEW: Unlearning Liberty

    October 18, 2012

    UNLEARNING LIBERTY: CAMPUS CENSORSHIP AND THE END OF AMERICAN DEBATEBy Greg LukianoffEncounter Books, $25.99, 294 pages   “Although I disagree with every word you say, I shall defend to the death your right to say it.” This stirring proclamation by Voltaire could have been said by Thomas Jefferson — or any of his associates — since free speech, a mainstay of 18th-century Enlightenment, fueled the American Revolution and is incorporated in our Constitution. In the first half of the previous century, a common phrase was “It’s a free country; I can say what I want.” That phrase is not so common today, but free speech is […]

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  • Do campus tribunals wield too much power?

    March 13, 2006

    By John Higgins at The Beacon Journal A Summit County jury found Charles Plinton not guilty of selling drugs to a confidential informant in 2004. A few weeks later, a University of Akron disciplinary board found him “responsible” for “selling drugs to a confidential informant.” The difference between those two words — guilty and responsible — may not sound meaningful to the average person. But it’s a distinction that begins to explain the secretive world of college justice in which campus committees may re-try the facts of serious crimes after criminal courts have already decided them. Critics see the hearings […]

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  • After Controversy, University of Akron Moves Quickly to Remove Speech Restrictions

    October 19, 2015

    As Torch readers who have followed FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project will be aware, restricting the rights of students to engage in such basic activities as distributing flyers and printed materials can land public institutions in a lot of constitutional trouble. (See: Modesto Junior College. See also: University of Hawaii at Hilo, Citrus College, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Dixie State University.) Fortunately, thanks to its forthright response to one such controversy, the University of Akron (UA) has avoided joining their ranks. The case at UA began on August 30, when law student Anthony Palumbo, accompanied by […]

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  • Tribunal Tribulations

    March 13, 2006

    Today, John Higgins of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal takes a long and critical look at campus courts in two articles, one about the practices of campus courts in general and one about a University of Akron student who, although acquitted of drug trafficking in court, was convicted of it by a campus court and subsequently killed himself. The articles should send chills up the spine of any person who believes that justice is safe on America’s campuses.   In both articles, Higgins presents the story of University of Akron student Charles Plinton, who was charged but acquitted of selling […]

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