University of Kentucky

Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Website: http://www.uky.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Kentucky 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 here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Prohibited Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Punishable disciplinary offenses include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Disorderly, abusive, drunken, violent or excessively noisy behavior or expression.

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  • Regulations Governing Time, Place, and Manner of Meetings, Demonstrations, and Other Assemblies 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The following designations and accompanying regulations pertain to the use of specific categories of University facilities and areas for the purpose of conducting any demonstration, meeting, or assembly. All areas must be utilized in a lawful and orderly manner, and are subject to those restrictions contained in Section A above.

    1. Designated Unrestricted Areas: No reservation is required for utilization of the designated unrestricted areas listed below. However, in unusual circumstances reservation of a designated unrestricted area may be granted by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Lexington Campus at the Vice Chancellor’s discretion.
    1. Free Speech Area: The Free Speech Area is located west of the Student Center and Alumni Gymnasium and bounded by those two buildings, Administration Drive, Limestone Street, and Euclid Avenue.

    The Free Speech Area is available 24 hours per day when the University is officially in session and shall be made available to organizations and groups as defined above, as well to individual members of the University community. Sound amplification will be provided upon request during established operating hours of the Student Center, subject to 30 minutes prior notice necessary for proper hook-up and adjustment. The volume and direction of sound amplification equipment is under the supervision of the Director of the Student Center.
    2. Student Center Patio: The Student Center Patio is available during the established operating hours of the Student Center and when not previously scheduled by the Student Activities Board. Sound amplification will be provided upon request, subject to 30 minutes prior notice necessary for proper hookup and adjustment. The volume and direction of sound amplification equipment is under the supervision of the Director of the Student Center.

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  • Policy on Discrimination and Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment, a form of discrimination, is unwelcome conduct that is based on [race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, uniform service, veteran status, or physical or mental disability]. Harassment becomes a violation of University policy when: … The conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to interfere with an individual’s work, academic or program participation, or creates an environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome* sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature and becomes a violation of University policy when: … The conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to interfere with an individual’s work, academic or program participation, or creates an environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or offensive.

    A. Sexual Harassment

    Conduct prohibited under this policy may include, but is not limited to the following: sexual or physical assault; unwelcome physical contact such as touching; direct solicitation of sexual activity; sex-related behavior accompanied by promise of reward or threat of punishment; conduct which interferes with participation in or benefit from work or academic performance; unwelcome sexual remarks about a person’s clothing or body; offensive sexual questions, jokes, anecdotes and stories; display of sexually offensive posters, pictures, words or messages; introduction of sexually explicit materials into the classroom or into the workplace without an educational or work-related purpose.

    B. Other Forms of Harassment

    Conduct prohibited under this policy may include, but is not limited to the following: offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling; physical assaults or threats; intimidation, ridicule or mockery; insults; offensive objects or pictures; and any other conduct that interferes with or limits the ability to participate in or benefit from services or privileges provided by the University.

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  • Regulations Governing the Use of Facilities by Registered Student Organizations 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The area west of the Alumni Gymnasium between Limestone Street and the Alumni Gymnasium is designated an open discussion area. In this area, any registered student organization may for a period not to exceed two hours conduct an open discussion or other program without complying with the reservation format stated above.

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  • The Official Guide to Living on Campus: Rules of Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Individual or group activities that result in disturbance or distress to others are prohibited, including but not limited to … writing inappropriate language or symbols on dry erase boards or public area property.

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Green Light Policies
  • Code of Student Conduct: Right of Free Expression 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    A student has the right to engage in discussion, to exchange thought and opinion, to speak, write, or print freely on any subject, and to join associations in accordance with the guarantees of federal or state constitutions.

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  • Students Get to ‘Choose’ Between Very Little Free Speech, Even Less Free Speech

    January 22, 2015

    By Robby Soave at Reason Online The University of Kentucky student government might be a dictatorship, but at the very least, it’s a benevolent one. Student leaders have decided to permit mere peasants to express their preference for one of two free speech policies: the restrictive one, or the very restrictive one. Well, that’s not exactly right. There is a third choice: ‘No preference.’ The survey was approved by a faculty advisor at UK and emailed to the student body at large. It asked students to answer a set of questions; the 18th pertained to the university’s speech code. “What […]

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  • The University Of Kentucky Will Be Restricting Your Right To Free Speech. But They Will Email You A Survey About The Experience

    January 22, 2015

    By Ashley Dobson at Red Alert Politics The publicly-funded University of Kentucky will be restricting your freedom of speech this year. But don’t worry, they’re going to politely ask you exactly how you would like them to do it. With the promise of winning basketball tickets and $250 scholarships, the university’s student government recently emailed out a survey to all students asking them to choose their preferred free speech policy for the school, Campus Reform reported. But actually having the free speech across the public campus was not an option on the survey. Students could only choose between a “single designated […]

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  • Kentucky Asks Students How Much Freedom They’d Like To Lose

    January 21, 2015

    By Blake Neff at The Daily Caller The University of Kentucky’s student government has sent a faculty-approved survey to its students asking them to choose between two restrictive free speech policies. An email obtained by Campus Reform contained a survey on various matters of campus policy, such as sexual assault and the use of taxi cabs. One of the questions asked students their preferred type of free speech policy at the university: “A single designated speech zone in a specific location on campus” or “multiple designated speech zones in various locations across campus.” Students could also say they had “no preference,” but there […]

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  • University of Kentucky Students Get Their Choice Of Fascism On Campus

    January 21, 2015

    By Greg Piper at The College Fix This reminds me of when Kang and Kodos ran against each other for president. Campus Reform reports that the University of Kentucky student government emailed a survey to students that asked, among other things, what kind of protections for free speech they wanted on campus. Their options: single designated free speech zone in a specific location on campus multiple designated free speech zones in various locations across campus no preference That’s it. There’s no “write-in” box in the event you think Virginia is on to something in eliminating speech “zones” entirely. And the […]

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  • Public University Asks Students How They’d Like To Restrict Speech On Campus

    January 20, 2015

    By Kaitlyn Schallhorn at Campus Reform Free speech may soon be a luxury on the University of Kentucky’s campus after the school’s student government surveyed the university community on how much they’d like to restrict the First Amendment through free speech zones. In an emailed survey to students, UK’s student government asked students to choose their preferred free speech policy for the university’s public campus. Students could choose between a “single designated free speech zone in a specific location on campus,” or “multiple designated free speech zones in various locations across campus.” Students could also choose “no preference.” According to […]

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  • U. Kentucky’s speech codes drown our freedom of expression

    February 1, 2006

    by Andrew Martin Kentucky Kernel   College administrators beware: Any attempt to quash the constitutionally protected rights of students could spark FIRE – that is, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.The catalyst for its founding came in 1998 when a book by University of Pennsylvania history professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston attorney Harvey A. Silverglate, “The Shadow University: The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses,” provoked impassioned pleas from students who were denied their constitutional rights on campus. In response, Kors and Silverglate two started FIRE, a non-partisan, non-profit educational foundation in Philadelphia, to protect students from subversive […]

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  • University of Kentucky Offers Students First Amendment Violations in Two Flavors

    January 21, 2015

    The University of Kentucky (UK) has apparently failed to notice that universities are increasingly being forced to get rid of their ironically named “free speech zones,” whether by state legislation or costly lawsuits. UK currently maintains two “Designated Unrestricted Areas,” which constitute the small fraction of the campus where a reservation is not required for students who wish to express themselves. But don’t worry—students are now able to provide their input on the matter through a survey developed by UK’s student government and approved by a faculty advisor. It asks students: “Which is your preferred University policy on free speech […]

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  • FIRE’s Will Creeley Heads to Kentucky to Speak at UK, EKU

    April 1, 2013

    Tomorrow, FIRE’s Director of Legal and Public Advocacy Will Creeley heads to the Bluegrass State to discuss student rights at the University of Kentucky (UK) and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). At both schools, Creeley will examine the state of the law on freedom of speech on today’s college campuses, discussing the decades of legal precedent upholding First Amendment protections on college campuses, common restrictions on student and faculty speech, and shocking instances of censorship on campus. Creeley will also answer questions about how students can best protect their rights and the limited exceptions to freedom of expression. For those of […]

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  • Know Your Rights: Kentucky Student Videotapes Search of Dormitory

    December 13, 2012

    On Monday, a University of Kentucky student posted a video on YouTube that showed him berating some police officers who entered his dormitory, according to Photography is Not a Crime. Warning: the video includes profanity. According to Tyler Kingkade of The Huffington Post, the University of Kentucky has now fired the police officer in question, which makes it look like the student was pretty clearly in the right to object to the search. But why? To answer that, we need to address a few questions. First, what Fourth Amendment rights do students have in their public university dormitories? Kentucky courts haven’t reached […]

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  • Did Somebody Say ‘Gazongas’? You’re Busted!

    August 22, 2012

    There’s a movement afoot in state legislatures to ban employers and universities from demanding control of or monitoring the social media accounts of their students or employees. One such bill specifically aimed at students unanimously passed the California Senate yesterday. Advocates of these laws justifiably worry that, when students are required to provide their usernames to their schools—and sometimes even to turn over the passwords to their accounts—universities are infringing on students’ expressive rights and invading student privacy. This kind of monitoring has caught on quickest in the case of student athletes. The University of Kentucky (UK) and University of […]

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  • ‘Inside Higher Ed’ on Rash of Newspaper Thefts; Latest at University of Kentucky

    November 15, 2006

    Another week, another newspaper theft on campus. Inside Higher Ed reports today that 4,500 copies of the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, were stolen on Monday, becoming the latest example of a disturbing trend on campus.  As Tara reported just last Thursday, newspaper thefts have occurred in the past few weeks at Stetson University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Weber State University—and that’s not even counting the newspaper burning held at Dartmouth.    The motivation for the latest theft is presumed to be Kernel editor Megan Boehnke’s story on the deaths of two University of Kentucky […]

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  • Stealing the news

    November 15, 2006

    At least 4,500 copies of the student newspaper at the University of Kentucky were reported stolen Monday, the same day a controversial story appeared breaking news of toxicology reports that revealed two students who died earlier this semester had blood alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit. The incident was the latest in what has been an uptick in student newspaper thefts this fall – so far this academic year, 12 different cases have been reported to the Student Press Law Center, compared to a total of 19 thefts reported throughout the entire 2005-6 school year, according to the […]

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