University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Location: Lowell, Massachusetts
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

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 here.

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Red Light Policies

  • IT Security Standards for Students 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Unauthorized use includes, but is not limited to, the following: … Use of any resource irresponsibly or in a manner that needlessly affects the work of others. This includes transmitting or making accessible offensive, or harassing material ….

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code: Sexual Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is defined as objectionable, unwanted sexual attention from either a person in a position of authority or power or from a peer. Sexual harassment also can involve verbal or written communication of a sexual nature that create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational living or work environment. … Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to, the following: * Hostile Environment: includes any situation in which there is harassing conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it alters or limits, interferes with or denies personal and/or educational benefits or opportunities, from both a subjective (the alleged victim’s) and an objective (reasonable person’s) viewpoint.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Racism 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Racism – No student shall engage in any discriminatory activity based upon color of skin or ethnic or national origin. Racist activities include but are not limited to verbal or written threats, slander or slurs, and racially motivated physical assaults on or off campus.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Lewd/Indecent Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    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.

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Green Light Policies
  • Guidelines for Responses to Demonstrations on University Property 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    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.

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  • Student Conduct Code: Respect and Protection for Persons and Property 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Conduct less than a physical attack or physical interference which interferes with a person in the conduct of his or her customary or usual affairs, such as the posting of threatening letters directed to the person, the use of threatening language directed at another, harassing or threatening telephone calls, email, voicemail, posting of materials in on-line communities, instant messaging (IM), or the vandalism of a person’s room (e.g. by graffiti). The University has special concern for incidents in which persons are subject to such conduct because of membership in a particular racial, religious, gender or sexual orientation group.

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  • Equal Opportunity and Outreach: Sexual Harassment & Sexual Assault- Frequently Asked Questions 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is:

    Gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is,

    • unwelcome or without consent,
    • sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it,
    • has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying or limiting someone’s work performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational program and/or activities, regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus, and is:
      • based on the creation of a hostile environment, or
      • based or retaliation, or
      • based on power differentials (quid pro quo).

    The unwelcome behavior must be considered an unreasonable interference both to a reasonable person and to the person impacted.

    Many other behaviors may constitute prohibited sexual harassment when they are sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive, including, but not limited to, sexual emails; sexual “kidding” or jokes; sexual comments, images, or questions; physical contact such as patting, pinching, or purposely rubbing up against another person’s body.

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  • 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 is ACLU v. Alvarez, issued this month by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In Alvarez, the Seventh Circuit held that “[t]he act of making an audio or audiovisual recording is necessarily included within the First Amendment’s guarantee of speech and […]

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  • 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 the table. The Lowell Sun reports:  Siegel said the university “holds in high regard the freedom of speech” and so “in no way are we going to censor the student paper,” which is run independently. “But you can’t let your own amusement under the guise […]

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