University of Houston-Downtown

Location: Houston, Texas
Type: Public

Speech Code Rating

University of Houston-Downtown 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
  • SAM 01.D.07 – Anti-Discrimination Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2020

    Harassment – Subjecting an individual on the basis of her or his membership in a Protected Class to unlawful severe, pervasive, or persistent treatment that constitutes: • Humiliating, abusive, or threatening conduct or behavior that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group; • An intim... Read More
  • Student Handbook: UHD GatorMail Account

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2020

    Students shall not send messages or postings that may be used to intimidate, harass, create an offensive atmosphere, or that could be construed as abusive or offensive. … Students should not propagate chain letters (e.g., any communication which requests or demands the recipient forward the message to one or m... Read More
  • SAM 01.D.08 – Sexual Misconduct Policy: UH System Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2020

    Sexual Harassment: Subjecting an individual on the basis of her or his membership in a Protected Class to unlawful severe, pervasive, or persistent treatment that constitutes: Humiliating, abusive, or threatening conduct or behavior that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group; An in... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Regulations for Using Academic Computing Facilities and Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2020

    Users may not write, use or have possession of programs that may be used to intimidate, harass, create an offensive environment for or invade the privacy of other users. Read More
  • UH-Downtown/PS 04.A.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Conduct Prohibited

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2020

    No student may engage in any of the following actions: … 3.3.2.20 Bullying: Humiliating, abusing, or threating conduct or behavior that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward and individual or a group, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or abusive learning, living or working environment that alter... Read More
  • SAM 01.D.08 – Sexual Misconduct Policy: Title IX Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: October 22, 2020

    Sexual Harassment: 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 Activity. Read More
  • UH-Downtown/PS 04.A.01: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Freedom of Speech, Expression, and Association

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: October 22, 2020

    The rights of free speech, expression, and association, as defined by the Constitution of the United States and developed by statutory laws and judicial decisions, are guaranteed to every member of the University community. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Tyler Clementi Act: Still Well-Intentioned, Still a Threat to Free Expression

    March 31, 2014

    ‘The Huffington Post’ reported last week that Senator Patty Murray of Washington will reintroduce the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act after learning of harassment suffered by one of her interns while attending college. The intern’s story is shocking, and the Act is well-intentioned. Unfortunately, it is still as flawed as it was when introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey back in 2010 following the tragic death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi.