University of Illinois at Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Illinois at Chicago 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
  • Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    Use of electronic mail and other network communications facilities to harass, offend, or annoy other users of the network is forbidden. All users need to be aware that obscene, defamatory, or any other material which violates University policy on non-discrimination will not be tolerated at UIC. The University reserv... Read More
  • Office for Access and Equity: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    In education, sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors made to a student by an executive member, administrative staff, or faculty member; or any conduct of a sexual nature that substantially interferes with the student’s educational performance or creates an i... Read More
  • Office for Access and Equity: Sexual Harassment Poster

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    Following are examples of sexual harassment in higher education: 1) a professor who continually makes jokes of a sexual nature in the classroom … Read More
  • Policy on Campus Demonstrations

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    Individuals and groups planning a demonstration should reserve a location with the Office of Meetings and Conferences and arrange a meeting with the Dean of Students to discuss the event and the anticipated activities so that the University can take measures to prepare for the demonstration and assure public safety,... Read More
  • Resident Student Handbook: Hall Safety, Security, and Emergency Procedures- Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 6, 2018

    To succeed personally and academically, individuals must be able to live free from unnecessary emotional stress caused by others. Unwelcome advances or conduct (e.g., physical, psychological, verbal, written, digital-based) directed toward one or more individuals, and/or actions and behaviors that create an intimida... Read More
  • Resident Student Handbook: Resident Student Code of Conduct- University and Personal Property

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 5, 2018

    The following conduct is expressly prohibited: … Posting materials outside of the following Publicity Guide Lines. … No offensive or sexually suggestive language, pictures, graphics or drawings may appear. Read More
  • Resident Student Handbook: Resident Student Code of Conduct- Disruptive Behavior

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 5, 2018

    The following conduct is expressly prohibited: … Partaking in conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent and/or creating a breach of peace. Read More
  • UIC Policy on Open Expression

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 5, 2018

    The University of Illinois at Chicago, in its role as an academic institution, is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The existence of the free exchange of ideas and the expression of dissent within the university community are indications of in... Read More
  • Repression of Political Speech and Activity Abounds on College Campuses in 2008

    December 24, 2008

    In an election year when the presidential race between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain dominated much of the country’s attention and media headlines, college and university campuses were certainly not immune to election fever. University students and faculty across the nation joined in the multitude of voices advocating for, criticizing, protesting, and otherwise commenting… Read more

  • Weekly Media Round-up: FIRE’s Policy Statement on Political Activity a Needed Voice of Reason on Campus

    October 17, 2008

    As Will wrote here on The Torch this Wednesday, FIRE released its 2008 Policy Statement on Political Activity on Campus this week. FIRE’s Policy Statement comes on the heels of controversial restrictions on protected political expression at such institutions as the University of Illinois, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Texas at Austin,… Read more

  • With Election Weeks Away, Political Speech Under Attack on America’s Campuses

    October 15, 2008

    PHILADELPHIA, October 15, 2008—With the presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama the focus of national attention, political speech on our nation’s campuses has come under sharp attack. In recent weeks, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has investigated open and blatant attacks on political expression at colleges and universities across the… Read more

  • Stanley Fish Misunderstands FIRE on Illinois ‘Buttons’ Controversy

    October 14, 2008

    Although Stanley Fish says he agrees with FIRE most of the time, in his New York Times blog on Sunday he disagreed with us on the issue of a memo from the University of Illinois that banned university faculty from engaging in political activity on campus such as attending political rallies—even when they were off… Read more

  • National Attention Continues for FIRE’s Work at Illinois

    October 8, 2008

    We blogged last week about the Chicago Tribune‘s coverage of FIRE’s letter in defense of political expression at the three University of Illinois (UI) campuses, where a memo circulated by UI’s ethics office banned a wide variety of political expression on campuses—down to the bumper stickers on the cars of UI faculty and staff. Instead… Read more

  • University of Illinois Responds to Widespread Complaints Against Ban on Political Activity

    October 6, 2008

    FIRE, the ACLU, the AAUP, the National Association of Scholars, and the Illinois Association of Scholars all agree that the recent statement by the University of Illinois Ethics Office went too far in banning political expression and participation on University of Illinois campuses. Here is the response from University of Illinois president B. Joseph White… Read more

  • ‘Chicago Tribune’ Highlights FIRE’s Work Defending Political Speech

    October 3, 2008

    An article in today’s edition of the Chicago Tribune further investigates the outrage among many at the University of Illinois over the September 2008 edition of Ethics Matter, a “newsletter from the University of Illinois Ethics Office.” The memo, which has caused widespread outrage among faculty, suggests that a whole host of political activity is… Read more

  • University of Illinois Bans Wide Variety of Political Activity by Faculty

    September 25, 2008

    The blogosphere and other media are lighting up in response to a memo circulated to faculty and staff of the University of Illinois by its University Ethics Office. The policy bans a wide variety of political activity on university property, including such research as "surveying or conducting an opinion poll related to anticipating an election… Read more

  • Academic Hypocrite of the Millennium

    May 11, 2005

    Stanley Fish, dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, recently discussed Ward Churchill (and other matters) in the Chronicle of Higher Education (dated May 13, 2005). He observed, correctly, “Political persuasion is just not what is supposed to go on in the college classroom, even… Read more