University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Location: Lowell, Massachusetts
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Massachusetts at Lowell has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more
  • Policy IT-5-101: Acceptable Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    No user of information technology resources may take any of the following actions: … Use information technology resource irresponsibly or in a manner that needlessly affects the work of others. This includes transmitting or making accessible offensive, or harassing material; intentionally, recklessly or neglig... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: University Standards- Respect and Protection for Persons and Property

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    Intimidation, threat, or harassment: Conduct less than a physical attack or physical action which interferes with a person in the conduct of their customary or usual affairs, or conduct which is sufficiently severe or pervasive to unreasonably interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance, or cre... Read More
  • Policy IT-5-108: Email Usage Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    Prohibited Uses of Email … The use of Email for … political activities.   Read More
  • Bias Incident Response Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    The objectives of the Bias Incident Response Protocol are to: (1) Respond to bias incidents in a timely and coordinated manner (2) Support the well-being of the campus community by ensuring all participants are welcomed, valued and respected (3) Offer campus members a convenient and efficient means to report bias in... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: University Standards- Personal Activities: Lewd/Indecent Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    Lewd or indecent conduct or expression, on or off campus/University property, or at University sponsored or supervised functions are a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Read More
  • Policy PS-6-101: Demonstration Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    To further the effectiveness of their event, organizations and other groups of students organizing a protest or demonstration are encouraged to make advance arrangements with the University Police. When possible, a notification to hold a protest or demonstration should be submitted via email at least 48 hours before... Read More
  • Student Conduct Code: Appendix D- Guidelines for Responses to Demonstrations on University Property

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    The University of Massachusetts recognizes the rights of members of the University community to freedom of assembly and speech, and strongly believes in fostering discourse and the free exchange of ideas at the University. … Demonstrations are limited to appropriate public forums, which do not include, among o... Read More
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention & Education: Definitions

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 21, 2022

    Sexual harassment under the Sexual Harassment as defined in Part 106 of title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that effe... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Don’t Film Me, Bro!

    May 18, 2012

    The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued a guidance letter this week finding a First Amendment right to record police engaged in their official duties. Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA School of Law picks up on this over at the Volokh Conspiracy. The most recent case clarifying this First Amendment right… Read more

  • UMass Lowell: Be Careful How You Address Controversial Speech

    May 14, 2012

    Yet another joke issue of a college student publication has encountered controversy on campus for being intentionally offensive in order to comment on a variety of issues. The good news is that the dean of students at University of Massachusetts Lowell, Larry Siegel, has taken punishment of the independent student newspaper, the Connector, off of… Read more