University of Michigan – Flint

Location: , Michigan
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Michigan – Flint 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
  • Standard Practice Guide Policies: Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    An individual may engage in conduct of a sexual nature that may not be sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to constitute sexual harassment as described below, but is nonetheless inappropriate. Such conduct also will not be tolerated by the University, is prohibited by the University and is subject to disci... Read More
  • What is Sexual Misconduct?

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    Sexual Harassment Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature if: … Conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive env... Read More
  • Event and Building Services: Posting Policy

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: October 10, 2018

    All flyers and posters must be approved by the Office of Student Life.  If a flyer or poster is distributed without the official Student Life stamp of approval, it will be removed immediately. Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Offenses Against Persons

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    Harassment – any severe or pervasive verbal, written, or electronic communication or action that causes a reasonable person to feel emotionally or mentally distressed or frightened. Harassment also includes communication or action that interferes with an individual’s participation in an educational, work, or Univers... Read More
  • Resident’s Guide to Community Living: Behavior Toward University Staff

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    Abusive, disrespectful and threatening language (written or verbal) and behavior directed toward University staff, including student staff, is prohibited. Read More
  • Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    Sexual Harassment – unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature if … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive env... Read More
  • Resident’s Guide to Community Living: Resident Bill of Rights

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    As a member of the residential community, each resident has the right to: … Be free from intimidation, and verbal, physical, and/or emotional harm. Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Offenses Against Persons

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    Threats, intimidation, bullying, or coercion. Read More
  • Standard Practice Guide Policies: Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    Expression of diverse points of view is of the highest importance, not only for those who espouse a cause or position and then defend it, but also for those who hear and pass judgment on that defense. The belief that an opinion is pernicious, false, or in any other way detestable cannot be grounds for its suppressio... Read More
  • Code of Student Conduct: Student Rights

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: December 8, 2017

    Students at the University have the same rights and protections under the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Michigan as other citizens. These rights include freedom of expression, press, religion, and assembly. Higher education has a long tradition of student activism and values freedom of expressi... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • Federal judge’s dangerous speech code ruling overshadows promising due process decision

    November 27, 2018

    Last week, a federal district court issued a ruling in a lawsuit brought by University of Michigan professor Pamela Smock against her institution that is notable for its sharply divided outcomes on several major civil liberties issues facing public university faculty. While the decision is promising with regard to campus due process protections, its holding… Read more

  • University of Michigan Student Assembly Does the Right Thing, Scraps Proposal to Lower Standard of Evidence

    December 11, 2009

    Last week, I blogged about the fact that Tulane University is on the verge of lowering the standard of evidence in student disciplinary matters from one of "clear and convincing evidence" to a "preponderance of the evidence." I discussed, as we have before on The Torch, why adopting the "preponderance" standard was a bad idea and would shortchange students’… Read more

  • Debate over Offensive Letter at University of Michigan–Flint

    October 18, 2007

    In the latest in a series of controversies involving student newspapers, a college newspaper at the University of Michigan–Flint has come under fire because it published an offensive letter to the editor insulting the university’s Muslim community. As with the recent case at Colorado State University, the letter seems to have spurred some calls for… Read more

  • Art and the Myth of the ‘Right Not to Be Offended’

    October 21, 2005

    Check out the fascinating story (“Censoring Art or Protecting Workers?”) about censored artwork in Inside Higher Ed. Apparently the University of Michigan at Flint is demanding that a graphic drawing called Hermaphrodite be removed from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center because it is creating a “hostile environment” for workers. Anyone who pays attention… Read more