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.
  • Student Handbook: Policies & Regulations- Free Speech and Assembly Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: May 14, 2019

    Individuals and groups wishing to use outdoor areas and facilities shall notify the Chief of the University of Maine Police or their designee at least three days in advance of the nature, the time, and the place of the proposed activity. Read More
  • 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: June 11, 2019

    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

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: May 14, 2019

    The University considers acts of hate and bias unacceptable and antithetical to its commitment to an inclusive and respectful community. Through the UMaine Bias Response Team and its reporting system, we review bias-related incidents. Reporting an incident will lead to an outreach to those directly impacted an... 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: June 11, 2019

    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 may be blatant … [o]r sexual harassment may be more subtle – like staring, sexual jokes, or teasing, se... Read More
  • Guide to Campus Living: Solicitation/Posting/Gambling Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: May 14, 2019

    The Department of Residence Life must approve all posters and fliers prior to posting in the halls. … Notices of items for sale (personal property), lost and found, rides needed etc. may be posted in the halls by hall residents if they are approved by the Community Coordinator, and deemed appropriate for commu... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Policies & Regulations- Electronic Communication Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: May 14, 2019

    Given the diverse cultural backgrounds of users, the University cannot protect individuals against exposure to materials that they may consider offensive. Nevertheless, the University reserves the right to take restrictive actions in response to complaints that posted material creates a hostile environment for indiv... 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: May 14, 2019

    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
  • Student Handbook: Policies & Regulations- Free Speech and Assembly Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 14, 2019

    There shall be no restrictions placed on the fundamental rights to free speech and assembly except those necessary to protect the rights of others and to preserve the order necessary for the University to function as an institution of higher learning. Read More
  • University of Maine System Student Conduct Code: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 11, 2019

    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
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  • 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