University of Illinois at Springfield

Location: Springfield, Illinois
Website: http://www.uis.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 7th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Illinois at Springfield 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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • UIS Sexual Harassment Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment:

    1. must be of a sexual nature;
    2. must be perceived as unwelcome or unwanted;
    3. must be persistent or pervasive, though unwelcome
    4. can be quid pro quo, something in exchange for something
    5. may be an element of discrimination based on sex; demeaning or diminishing bsaed on sex or gender

    It may consist of conduct which is verbal and/or physical. Examples of verbal harassment include sexual innuendoes, sexual remarks about one’s clothing or body, suggestive or insulting sounds, whistling in a suggestive manner, and implied or overt sexual propositions, invitations, or pressure for sex.

    Under this policy, sexual harassment also includes “unsolicited, deliberate, or repeated sexually explicit derogatory statements, gestures or physical contacts which are objectionable to the recipient and which cause discomfort or humiliation,” when such conduct is perpetrated by students upon other students, faculty, and/or staff.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    All users must refrain from the following activities: … Using computing facilities to send obscene, abusive, threatening, defamatory, or harassing messages.

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  • Registered Student Organizations Handbook: Demonstrations/Rallies 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    All demonstrations or peaceful assemblies must be registered with the Office of Student Life at least 48 hours in advance. Standard space reservation procedures must be followed for the use of any University space. Demonstrations or peaceful assemblies are generally defined as any public manifestation of welcome, approval, disapproval, protest, or conscience by a student or groups of students.

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  • Residence Life Community Handbook: Harassment and Stalking 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is defined as actions that create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for another individual in both a virtual and actual setting.

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  • Residence Life Community Guide: Holiday Decorating 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies

    The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to remove any unsafe or offensive decorations, and will charge residents for damages resulting from improperly displayed decorations.

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  • Guide to Residential Living: Inappropriate Behavior 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes

    Campus residents are expected to respect the rights and property of others. Consequently, behavior or any actions that damage property or disturb others will be considered inappropriate in the Residence Life Community. Residents will be held judicially accountable for any behavior(s) deemed inappropriate by Residence Life Administration.

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  • Residence Life Community Handbook: Verbal Abuse 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Use of language that is perceived to be abusive, discriminatory or intimidating is considered verbal abuse. Students can be held accountable for verbal abuse communicated through forms of oral, written, telephone, or electronic (including email and social media), etc. It is expected that all members of the Residence Life Community refrain from abusive language in their interactions with residents, guests, and all University employees in all forms of communication.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Grievances Policies 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    University of Illinois at Springfield exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general improvement of society. The Campus community has a responsibility to provide for its members those privileges, opportunities, and protections that best promote the pursuit of these goals. Free inquiry, free expression, and free association are indispensable to this effort. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop a capacity for critical thinking and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.

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  • Student Disciplinary Code 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    The following categories of conduct are specifically prohibited and may form the basis for disciplinary action:

    A. Violence, the threat of violence, harassment, or intimidation directed against another person or persons.

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  • Freedom Of Speech Becomes Debatable Topic On Campus

    March 4, 2015

    By Anthony Antoine at IllinoisHomepage.net UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS — The UI made yet another list, but many aren’t so sure the school needs this type of recognition. The university was named one of the worst colleges for free speech. Some of the biggest changes in our country are the results of people utilizing the right to voice their opinion. With some tough conversations taking place at UI this past year, one department is reinforcing the importance of the First Amendment. The Journalism Department at UI launched a new series called “Free Speech: Rights and Responsibilities in a Digital Age.” Leaders […]

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  • 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 of waiting until our usual end-of-the-week media round-up, we wanted to provide a brief update on the continued media exposure to FIRE stemming from UI as the situation has developed. Over the weekend the Associated Press, picking up on the Tribune‘s lead, covered a rally […]

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