University of Maine

Location: Orono, Maine
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Maine 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

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.
  • University of Maine System Policy on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 25, 2020

    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 p... Read More
  • UMaine Bias Response Team: FAQ

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: February 25, 2020

    What is a bias incident? A bias incident is an intentional or unintentional conduct that discriminates, stereotypes, excludes, harasses, or harms anyone in our community based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, a... Read More
  • University of Maine System: Sexual Harassment in the Classroom and the Workplace

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 26, 2020

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT is unwelcome sexual attention that is a form of illegal sex discrimination under federal and state law. It is usually repeated behavior but could be one serious incident. Sexual harassment can include: sexual assault stalking deliberate touching, pinching, caressing attempts to fondle pressure for... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Policies & Regulations- Free Speech and Assembly Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: February 25, 2020

    The University of Maine fully supports and encourages free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. There are no designated free speech zones at UMaine. The entire campus is open for free speech and assembly. … It is required of those planning events, activities, and speakers on campus to use the... Read More
  • University of Maine System Policy Manual: Section 212 – Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and Civility

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 25, 2020

    The Board of Trustees is committed to protecting the rights all University community members share to free speech, which includes free expression and assembly, as enshrined in the U.S. and Maine State Constitutions. There shall be no restriction at any System institutions on these fundamental rights, although the Un... Read More
  • Guide to Campus Living: Solicitation/Posting/Gambling Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: February 28, 2020

    Posting Materials in the Residence Halls: … Notices of items for sale (personal property), lost and found, rides needed etc. may be posted in the halls by hall residents on designated spaces/bulletin boards. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Policies & Regulations- Free Speech and Assembly Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: February 25, 2020

    The University of Maine is committed to free and open inquiry and expression in all matters. It guarantees all members of the university community the broadest possible latitude to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn. With the exception of certain limitations (time, place, manner) on that freedom which are nec... Read More
  • University of Maine System Student Conduct Code: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: February 25, 2020

    Harassment: Repeated and/or severe acts of unwelcome behavior that creates a hostile working, educational, or living environment that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic or job performance and opportunities. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Policies & Regulations- Electronic Communication Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: February 25, 2020

    Consistent with the above, unacceptable uses and behaviors include, but are not limited to: … • Harassing other computer users or University staff • Violating the privacy of others • Libeling or slandering others • Using any University workstation for any illegal purpose Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • June 2019 Speech Code of the Month: University of Maine

    June 3, 2019

     It’s bad enough that the University of Maine forces its students to provide notice three days before they can hold any expressive activities in the outdoor areas of the campus. But even worse, the school specifically requires students to contact the university’s chief of police in order to do so. This heavy-handed approach is… Read more

  • Proposed University of Maine System policy unduly restricts faculty political activity

    January 17, 2018

    The University of Maine System Board of Trustees will consider a policy revision at a meeting later this month that would restrict how university employees engage in political activity. The policy, called “Institutional Authority on Political Matters,” unnecessarily restricts faculty political expression and needs some revisions before being adopted. For example, the policy would prevent… Read more