University of Maine

Location: Orono, Maine
Website: http://www.umaine.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

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 here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 9, 2017

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … such conduct interferes with an individual’s academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

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    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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  • Student Handbook: Policies & Regulations – Electronic Communication Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 9, 2017

    [T]he University reserves the right to take restrictive actions in response to complaints that posted material creates a hostile environment for individuals or classes of individuals. The University also has the responsibility to take restrictive action when a user violates University policy or federal, state or local laws.

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  • Guide to Campus Living: Solicitation/Posting/Gambling Policies

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: June 9, 2017

    The Office 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 community display.

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  • Student Handbook: Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking and Retaliation

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 9, 2017

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault. 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.

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

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 9, 2017

    Individuals and groups wishing to use outdoor areas and facilities shall notify the Director of Public Safety at least three days in advance of the nature, the time, and the place of the proposed activity.

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  • Guide to Campus Living

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: June 9, 2017

    Residence Life believes The University of Maine and all of our residence halls are “No Place for Hate”.  No Place for Hate is a campaign by the Division of Student Affairs to combat subtle and overt hate and bias on the UMaine campus. We believe that bullying of any kind is harassment.  As citizens of this community, we will not tolerate harassment or bias behavior. We rely on all community members to confront or report any instance of hate or harassment.

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Green Light Policies
At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.