University of Maine at Fort Kent

Location: Fort Kent, Maine
Website: http://www.umfk.maine.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Maine at Fort Kent 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
  • Residence Hall Guide: Conduct, Indecent

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Behavior that is indecent or lewd such as public nudity or unwanted vulgar language, is not acceptable in the residence halls.

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  • Residence Hall Guide: Conduct, Uncivil

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Any infringement on the physical or emotional safety of anyone will not be tolerated. Verbal harassment and/or intimidation are unacceptable forms of behavior in the residence halls.

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  • Solicitation Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Posters must be free of profanity, pornography, hate speech, speech that insights [sic] hate or violence or other threatening speech. All advertisements must adhere to the UMFK policies related to the advertisement of alcohol-related events

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  • Sexual Harassment in the University of Maine System is No Laughing Matter

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    [S]exual harassment may be more subtle– like staring, sexual jokes, or teasing, sexually demeaning remarks.

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  • Student Handbook: Posters/Advertising

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Signs, notices and poster content should be cleared with the Student Services Office before being placed on display. Posters must be posted on appropriate bulletin boards around campus. Posters attached to walls, windows or doors will be removed by maintenance staff. Individuals or organizations sponsoring a particular poster or notice are responsible for removing the poster after the event has occurred. Posters with inappropriate content or content that does not follow UMFK policies will be removed by Student Services personnel (see Alcohol Policies). Certain activities may not be advertised on campus.

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  • Residence Hall Guide: UMFK Residence Halls Community Standards

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Each and every resident is FREE TO BE HIM/HERSELF in the residence halls
    (Absence of harassment, prejudice, discrimination, intimidation or hateful speech or actions of any sort)

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  • University of Maine System: Erase Harassment Brochure

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Not every unpleasant interaction, offensive comment, or disagreement constitutes harassment. Harassment occurs when unwelcome behavior creates a hostile environment or unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic or job performance and opportunities. However, even if conduct does not meet the narrow definition of harassment under University policies or the law, it may be inappropriate in the workplace or the educational environment and could lead to corrective or disciplinary action.

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  • Board of Trustees Policy Manual: Section 402 Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault and sexual violence. Sexual harassment, including sexual assault, can involve persons of the same or opposite sex. Consistent with the law, this policy prohibits two types of sexual harassment:

    Hostile Environment: Sexual harassment that creates a hostile environment is based on sex and exists when the harassment:

    i. Is severe, pervasive, or persistent, and objectively offensive such that it denies or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s programs, services, opportunities, or activities; or

    ii. Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic or work performance.
    A hostile environment can be created by anyone involved in a University program or activity, such as an administrator, faculty or staff member, student, or campus guest. Offensiveness alone is not enough to create a hostile environment. Although repeated incidents increase the likelihood that a hostile environment has been created, a single serious incident, such as a sexual assault, can be sufficient.

    Determining whether conduct creates a hostile environment depends not only on whether the conduct was unwelcome to the person who feels harassed, but also whether a reasonable person in a similar situation would have perceived the conduct as objectively offensive. The following factors will also be considered:

    a) The degree to which the conduct affected one or more students’ education or individual’s employment;
    b) The nature, scope, frequency, duration, and location of the incident(s);
    c) The identity, number, and relationships of persons involved;
    d) The nature of higher education.

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Green Light Policies
  • Board of Trustees Policy Manual: Section 501 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status or gender expression, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veterans status.

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  • Board of Trustees Policy Manual: Section 501 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Harassment or Intimidation: Unwelcome behavior that creates a hostile or intimidating working, educational, or living environment or behavior that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic or job performance and opportunities.

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  • Board of Trustees Policy Manual: Section 212 Free Speech and Assembly

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 17, 2015

    Recognizing that many citizens have differing views on the matter of whom and which groups should have an opportunity to express opinions and meet on our University of Maine System Campuses, the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System affirms its commitments to the rights of free speech and assembly.

    To that principle, there shall be no restrictions, on any of the System institutions, placed on the fundamental rights of free speech and assembly, except those necessary to preserve the order for the University System to function as an institution of higher learning.

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