University of Illinois at Springfield

Location: Springfield, Illinois
Type: Public
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University of Illinois at Springfield 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
  • Residence Life Community Handbook: Harassment and Stalking

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    Harassment is defined as actions that create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for another individual in both a virtual and actual setting. Read More
  • Residence Life Community Handbook: Holiday Decorating

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    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. Read More
  • Residence Life Community Handbook: Inappropriate Behavior

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    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 Residenc... Read More
  • Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual Violence, including Sexual Assault, is a form of Sexual Harassment. Sexual Harassment can involve persons of the sa... Read More
  • Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy Agreement

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    All users must refrain from the following activities: … Using computing facilities to send obscene, abusive, threatening, defamatory, or harassing messages. Read More
  • Registered Student Organizations Handbook: Demonstrations/Rallies

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    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, ap... Read More
  • Residence Life Community Handbook: Verbal Abuse

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    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... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 29, 2018

    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. 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