University of Memphis

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Memphis 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
  • Access to and Use of Campus Property and Facilities: Posting of Signs/Banners

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    2. Posting of Signs/Banners The placement of signs, banners, posters, and other materials on campus is limited to University departments and activities, registered campus organizations and others as approved pursuant to these guidelines. The University retains the right to control and approve the time, manne... Read More
  • Access to and Use of Campus Property and Facilities: Access to Facilities & Prioritized Users

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    A. Access to Facilities & Prioritized Users The use of University of Memphis facilities is intended solely for uses consistent with the advancement and orderly administration of the University’s educational mission for the benefit of students, staff, and affiliated entities. 1. Access to and us... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Disorderly Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    (c) Disorderly Conduct. Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs institutional functions, operations, classrooms, other groups or individuals (e.g. public urination/defecation, participation in a disruptive o... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Abuse of Computer Resources and Facilities

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    (bb) Abuse of Computer Resources and Facilities. Misusing and/or abusing campus computer resources including, but not limited to the following: … (5)  Use of computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence; Read More
  • Tennessee Board of Regents – Policy 3:01:01:00 [Student Organizations – Recognition]

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    III. General Policies on Student Organizations A. No student organization may carry on any activity on the campus of an institution or school unless the organization has been officially registered by the institution or school. Read More
  • Access to and Use of Campus Property and Facilities: Bulletin Boards/Posting

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    Bulletin Boards/Posting a. University may establish bulletin boards or approved areas for posting for specific uses and/or entities, b. University may identify individual boards/areas and specify or limit the authorized uses and/or entities for such boards/areas as well as the types of materials whic... Read More
  • Institutional Student Housing Policies For The University of Memphis

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    III Policies and Conduct – Students must comply will all University of Memphis published rules including the Code of Student Conduct. Residents must also comply with all federal, state and local laws in addition to the following housing policies: … c) Personal Conduct … 7. Rowdy, boisterous, offensive, o... Read More
  • Tennessee Board of Regents – Policy 3:02:04:00 [Student Rights and Freedoms]

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    A. Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to d... Read More
  • Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    (ee) Harassment. Conduct directed toward another member of the University community that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress. Harassment does not include constitutionally protected activity or conduct that se... Read More
  • Tennessee Board of Regents – Policy 3:01:01:00 [Student Organizations – Membership]

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: September 11, 2018

    C. No student organization shall deny membership to any person on the basis of age, race, sex, religion, handicap or national origin, provided that social fraternities and sororities may have sex restricted membership, subject to the following exceptions: No TBR institution that grants recognition to any studen... Read More
  • University of Memphis: Student Newspaper Budget Cut Over Content

    August 31, 2012

    In May 2012, the University of Memphis’ Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) reduced funding for the student newspaper The Daily Helmsman by $25,000, a one-third decrease from the campus publication’s previous funding levels. After concerns were raised about the cuts, SAFAC chair and Dean of Students Stephen H. Petersen questioned “whether the paper is really serving… Read more

  • University of Memphis Professor Confuses Vandalism with Free Speech

    February 18, 2014

    Today the University of Memphis’ student newspaper The Daily Helmsman has an article about an art professor who feels he is being penalized for his criticism of the university. According to the Helmsman: An art professor who has been an outspoken critic of the University of Memphis’ administration said he was threatened with criminal prosecution… Read more

  • University of Memphis Slashes Student Newspaper’s Funding [VIDEO]

    January 23, 2014

    On most college campuses, the student newspaper is entrusted with reporting on issues important to the campus community and with holding powerful campus authorities accountable. But after the student newspaper at the University of Memphis found its budget slashed by $25,000 because the student government and university administration didn’t like the paper’s critical, investigative reporting on their… Read more

  • Liberty Requires Tough Choices: The Student Funding Dilemma

    July 31, 2013

    Kanisha Parthasarathy is a FIRE summer intern. Allocating money to student groups is a tricky game. For many colleges, the amount of money given to groups is not increasing at the same rate as the number of student groups vying for recognition and funding. Funding boards usually solve this problem by creating guidelines to determine how… Read more

  • Report Details First Amendment Violations Against ‘Helmsman’ and Promises Future Changes

    September 18, 2012

    We’ve kept Torch readers updated on the free speech case involving the University of Memphis (UM) student newspaper The Daily Helmsman, which had $25,000 cut from its funding through a process that strongly suggested the involvement of viewpoint discrimination by the student government body responsible for distributing funding from student activity fees. Fortunately, the sum… Read more

  • Funding for ‘The Daily Helmsman’ Restored

    September 4, 2012

    As Torch readers may have already noted, FIRE is pleased to report a successful resolution to the funding dispute for The Daily Helmsman at the University of Memphis (UM). FIRE has been following this case closely since it first began in May, when UM’s Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) cut the Helmsman’s funding by… Read more

  • ‘Memphis Flyer’ Chronicles ‘Helmsman’s’ First Amendment Battles

    August 17, 2012

    Recently the Student Press Law Center publicized the struggles of The Daily Helmsman, the University of Memphis (UM) student newspaper which has had numerous wrangles with the university administration, many involving disputes over the release of public records (including for a rape committed on the UM campus). Most recently The Daily Helmsman saw its funding… Read more

  • University of Memphis Student Fee Board Only Funds Speech it Likes

    August 1, 2012

    The Student Press Law Center is reporting on a ridiculous situation at the University of Memphis. Memphis’s student-run Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) has voted to reduce the funding for the student newspaper The Daily Helmsman by $25,000, or one-third of its previous funding. Here’s the kicker: Helmsman editors said they have been told… Read more