University of Akron

Location: Akron, Ohio
Type: Public
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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
  • Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 24, 2021

    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. Read More
  • Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX Policy & Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 24, 2021

    As prohibited by applicable University of Akron rules and policies, sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual, sex‐based, and/or gender‐based verbal, written, electronic, and/or physical conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or educational experience or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offen... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 24, 2021

    Sexual 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 a... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 24, 2021

    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. Read More
  • Residence Hall Handbook: Student rights and responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 24, 2021

    The University recognizes the importance of your rights as a student. Those rights include freedom of expression, the procedures of due process, and respect for the personal integrity of all members of the community and their property. By ensuring your individual rights, the University fosters an environment conduci... Read More
  • Gender-Based Misconduct and Title IX Policy & Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 24, 2021

    As prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, sexual harassment 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 equ... Read More
  • Office of General Counsel: Reserving Outdoor Space on Campus

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 24, 2021

    The University has updated the process for reserving and/or using outdoor space on campus. The updated process permits students and University community members (University faculty, employees, staff, and students) to continue to reserve public spaces on campus to engage in expressive activities. However, the Univers... Read More
  • 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… Read more

  • 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… Read more