University of Alabama at Birmingham

Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Website: http://www.uab.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 11th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Alabama at Birmingham 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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

  • UAB Information Technology: Policy Violations

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    Creating, displaying, or transmitting threatening, racist, sexist, or harassing language and/or materials.

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    Harassment. Any unwelcome conduct based on actual or perceived status including: sex, gender identity/expression, race, color, age, national origin, creed, disability, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or veteran status. Any unwelcome conduct should be reported to University officials who will act to remedy and resolve reported incidents on behalf of the victim and community.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Affairs Policy VII-028: On-Campus Student Demonstrations

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    Student demonstrations on the UAB campus, which by their nature may interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic or other activities, shall require prior notification to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: The UAB Inclusive Campus Commitment

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    I will strive to build an inclusive community at UAB. I believe that every student, faculty member & staff has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and self-worth. I will work to ensure that my behavior and my actions do not harass or make fun of anyone due to their race, gender, culture, faith, class, sexual orientation or any other difference. Although I know I am not perfect and I will make mistakes, I believe that it is my responsibility to act in a manner free of bias, exclusion, and discrimination. I believe I have the power to build an inclusive UAB!

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Respect for Persons

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    2.  The Office of Student Housing and Residence Life respects and celebrates the diversity of its residents. Acts of intolerance and/or harassment due to race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, religion, disability, or sexual orientation are neither appropriate nor tolerated.

    3.  Residents will refrain from harassment and verbal abuse of other residents, which includes, but is not limited, to harassment and verbal abuse through the internet.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    Harassment is defined as an attempt made to threaten another person(s) physically, emotionally or mentally by using verbal language, or electronic communication, including, but not limited to, text messaging and social networking sites.

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  • Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    Under the law, sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments or conduct of a socially acceptable nature. Nor does it refer to the use of materials or discussion related to sex and/or gender for scholarly purposes appropriate to the academic context.  It does refer to non-academic remarks or actions of a sexual nature that are not welcome and are likely to be viewed as personally offensive.  This can include but is not limited to any of the following activities that are unwelcome by the recipient: physical or verbal advances; sexual flirtations; propositions; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; vulgar talk or jokes; degrading graphic materials or verbal comments of a sexual nature about an individual or his or her appearance; the display of sexually suggestive objects outside a scholarly context and purpose; and physical contact of a sexual or particularly personal nature.  Cartoons, pictures, or other graphic materials that create a hostile or offensive working environment may also be considered as harassment.

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    The same principles related to sexual harassment also apply to harassment on the basis of any characteristic that is protected by law.  Thus, UAB’s policy prohibits discriminatory harassment of a non-sexual nature, which includes verbal, physical, or graphic conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability unrelated to job performance, veteran status, genetic or family medical history, or other status protected by applicable law and that   …

    • Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment; or
    • Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or a student’s academic performance.

    Prohibited behavior may, for example, include conduct or material (physical, oral, written, or graphic, including e-mail messages, text messaging or use of social media posted or circulated in the community) involving epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts, that serves no scholarly purpose appropriate to the academic context and gratuitously denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability unrelated to program performance, veteran status, genetic or family medical history, or any factor protected by applicable law.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham (the “University” or “UAB”) does not tolerate, and will respond to any reports of sexual misconduct, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual harassment.

    Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature if: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s education, living environment, employment, or participation in a University-related activity.

    Hostile environment sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of education or employment and creates an environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile, or offensive. The determination of whether an environment is “hostile” must be based on all the circumstances. These circumstances could include the nature, frequency, intensity, location, context and duration of the conduct, its severity, and whether it is threatening or humiliating. Simple teasing, offhand comments and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not amount to hostile environment harassment. Although repeated incidents generally create a stronger claim of sexual harassment, a serious incident, even if isolated, can be sufficient. For example, a single instance of sexual assault can constitute sexual harassment.

     

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    Bullying and cyberbullying are intentional repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that a reasonable person should know will intimidate, cause fear, or cause physical and/or emotional harm and/or control to one or more individuals and are not protected by freedom of expression.

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  • Non-Academic Student Conduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 25, 2016

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham exists to educate its students, to advance, preserve and disseminate knowledge through research and scholarship, and to advance the interests and the welfare of society as a whole. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

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  • Troy art student sues after nude photos banned

    November 1, 2005

    An art student sued Troy University on Monday, saying the school violated his free speech rights by censoring his artwork and implementing a campus speech code that unconstitutionally restricts speech. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, contends Troy officials removed portions of Blake Dews’ artwork because it featured female nudity. The university issued a statement defending its decision on Dews’ art. ”The photographs in question displayed male full frontal nudity and the university did not consider the photographs to be consistent with our community ‘s standards,” the statement said. ”This is a matter now under litigation and […]

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.