University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Nebraska – Lincoln 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

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  • Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures: Appendix A- Response to Allegations of Student Sexual Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    “Sexual harassment” is unwelcome conduct or behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Conduct that is sufficiently serious to limit or deny student’s ability to participate in o... Read More
  • Institutional Equity and Compliance: About Title IX- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    Sexual harassment is any unwelcome conduct or behavior of a sexual nature which creates a hostile environment. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal (i.e. jokes, innuendos, postings on social media), nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sex... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures: Student Code of Conduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatens or unreasonably endangers the mental or physical health, safety or reputation of any person or oneself, including any such conduct achieved through means of social media or any other means of electronic com... Read More
  • UNL Bias Response: Bias FAQs and Terminology

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    What is a bias incident or hostile climate action? Any demeaning, derogatory, or otherwise offensive behavior directed toward an individual on the basis of sex, gender identity or expression, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability/disability, or other group or personal characteristic may qualify as a ... Read More
  • Rights and Responsibilities as a Resident

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    Inappropriate behavior or unlawful activities may result in immediate termination of your residence hall contract (regular cancellation fees will apply), your relocation to another hall and/or referral to the Office of the Dean of Students or the appropriate law enforcement body. Such violations include, but are not... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages. Read More
  • Facilities Maintenance & Operations: Use of Outdoor Spaces

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    Student organizations need to obtain an Event Planning Registration form for outdoor activities through the Office for Student Involvement … Read More
  • Office of the University Registrar: Discrimination and Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    Any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, physical, written, or pictorial, which has the purpose or effect of creating a hostile environment for the person subjected to the conduct, or any solicitation of sexual conduct of any nature when submission to or rejection of such contact is used as the basis... Read More
  • Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska Policy: Commitment to Free Expression; Guide for Facilities Use; and Education

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: May 1, 2018

    The University of Nebraska honors the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and has long dedicated itself to the free exchange of ideas. […] “Freedom of speech” and “freedom of expression” refer to one’s Constitutional right to articulate and express ideas and opinions, through any means, i.e. speaking, wri... Read More
  • Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures: Appendix B- Policy for Responsible Use of University Computers and Information Systems

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 26, 2018

    Misuse includes the following: … Using electronic communications to harass or threaten users in such a way as to create an atmosphere which unreasonably interferes with the education or the employment experience. Similarly, electronic communications shall not be used to harass or threaten other information rec... Read More
  • Lawyer sends chilling open records request to University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors

    May 6, 2019

    In yet another example of abusive open records requests targeting faculty for speaking out, an attorney with the Lincoln, Nebraska law firm of Keating O’Gara submitted a request to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln earlier this month for all university employee communications and documents related to conservative group Turning Point USA (TPUSA). The request highlights how… Read more

  • Congressman’s office pressures U. of Nebraska to punish professor who liked ‘Fartenberry’ Facebook photo

    November 1, 2018

    Lincoln Journal Star reporter Nancy Hicks described what happened to a campaign sign for Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry late last month as “[p]olitical vandalism … [with] a touch of humor.” Whoever defaced the poster opted for the “sophomoric” version of dissent — adding cartoonish googly eyes to Fortenberry’s face along with a few pieces of… Read more

  • AAUP censures University of Nebraska-Lincoln for wrongfully terminating graduate instructor

    June 20, 2018

    At its annual conference this past weekend in the Washington, D.C., area, the American Association of University Professors voted to censure the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for terminating the teaching duties of graduate student Courtney Lawton following a verbal argument with an undergraduate. The AAUP’s censure comes on the heels of an AAUP investigative report faulting… Read more

  • University of Nebraska Board of Regents approves ‘Commitment to Free Expression’ Statement

    January 30, 2018

    Following a politicized free speech debacle in the fall that drew much criticism, including a letter from FIRE, the University of Nebraska system has adopted a sweeping policy statement endorsing free expression. At the Board of Regents meeting last Thursday, the Regents approved a Commitment to Free Expression statement pledging the university to upholding the… Read more

  • FIRE’s response to Nebraska state senators

    December 19, 2017

    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been embroiled in a free speech controversy since late summer. In August, a video recording surfaced of a university employee telling student Kaitlyn Mullen her Turning Point USA recruitment table had to be moved to a campus “free speech zone” or police would be called. Now, three state senators have… Read more

  • FIRE asks University of Nebraska-Lincoln to reinstate graduate student

    December 11, 2017

    This past Friday, FIRE wrote a letter to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, asking UNL to allow a graduate student, Courtney Lawton, to resume teaching duties after her teaching duties were terminated following a campus protest. Members of the UNL chapter of Turning Point USA were recruiting for their group outside of the so-called “free speech… Read more

  • Nebraska President Releases Pro-Speech Statement on Husker Players’ Anthem Protest

    September 28, 2016

    University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds released a statement this morning expressing strong support for free speech amid criticism of three Husker football players who knelt during the national anthem at their game on Saturday. Citing both the First Amendment and a Nebraska Board of Regents policy that promises “the right to disagree, speak freely… Read more

  • University of Nebraska Student Senator Faces Impeachment Over Remarks Made During Debate

    November 25, 2013

    Following comments made during a debate over the free speech ramifications of a proposed resolution, a student senator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is facing a hearing and potential impeachment. While opposing a resolution pledging to remove “derogatory language” from its members’ vocabulary, Association of Students of the University of Nebraska (ASUN) Senator Cameron Murphy argued that… Read more

  • David Moshman: ‘Sexual Harassment Is Wrong Because It Is Harassment, Not Because It Is Sexual’

    May 24, 2013

    In light of the Departments of Education and Justice’s new federal "blueprint" for campus sexual harassment policies, David Moshman, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, writes for The Huffington Post today to share a story that would be funny if it weren’t true.  At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) a psychology… Read more

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Thankful for School’s ‘Green Light’

    February 21, 2013

    In an op-ed published in today’s edition of The Daily Nebraskan, an independent student newspaper at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), graduate student Benjamin Welch writes about the importance of having a diversity of ideas on campus, even when those ideas might offend others. Welch writes: Regardless, when a truly diverse population exists, as many universities… Read more

  • Victory for First Amendment: Nebraska Supreme Court Exonerates Student Charged with “Breach of the Peace” for Two E-mails

    September 24, 2010

    In a victory for the First Amendment, the Nebraska Supreme Court has reversed a college student’s conviction for breach of the peace for sending two anonymous e-mails to his professor. In the e-mails, University of Nebraska student Darren Drahota had criticized the professor, who was also running for the state legislature at the time, for… Read more

  • Nebraska ‘Breach of the Peace’ Case Reaches Oral Argument, Receives Local Media Attention

    December 4, 2009

    An important First Amendment case in which a University of Nebraska student was found guilty of breaching the peace for two anonymous e-mails he sent to his college professor went to oral argument this week before the Nebraska Supreme Court. As Torch readers may recall, FIRE submitted an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in the case, in… Read more

  • FIRE Files Amicus Brief in Important ‘Breach of the Peace’ Case

    November 20, 2009

    Earlier this week, FIRE filed an amicus brief with the Nebraska Supreme Court in an important First Amendment case involving political e-mails sent by a student to his university professor. FIRE wrote the brief on behalf of Darren Drahota, a University of Nebraska student who was criminally convicted of disturbing the peace based on two… Read more

  • Anne Neal in ‘The New Republic’ on UNL and Bill Ayers

    December 9, 2008

    Check out Anne Neal’s article in The New Republic on the disinvitation of Bill Ayers from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in October. Anne, the president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and a First Amendment lawyer, writes: UNL had invited Bill Ayers, now a University of Illinois at Chicago professor, to… Read more

  • Questions Remain Following University of Nebraska–Lincoln President’s Letter Concerning Ayers Cancellation

    November 18, 2008

    For a few weeks now, FIRE has been monitoring the situation at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) following the cancellation of a speech by William Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a founding member of the Weather Underground, a group responsible for the bombings of several public buildings—including… Read more

  • At University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Cancellation of Ayers’ Speech Raises Troubling Questions

    October 20, 2008

    This past Friday, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) announced the cancellation of a November speech by William Ayers, citing unspecified "safety concerns" as grounds for the move. According to UNL’s statement, the school’s "threat assessment group" had been monitoring e-mails and had received "other information" suggesting a potential threat to security. No further details have… Read more

  • Emmett Hogan on 2006: The More Things Change…?

    January 5, 2007

    Emmett Hogan is a student at University of Michigan Law School and a luminary early FIRE employee. As we looked back on 2006 in campus rights and abuses I wanted to check in with him for his thoughts on the past year in FIRE history. This was his thoughtful response: One of FIRE’s most gripping… Read more