University of Northern Iowa

Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Northern Iowa 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
  • Policies and Procedures: 13.02 Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    This policy prohibits other offenses of a discriminatory, harassing, and/or retaliatory nature not included in the previous sections as follows: … Bullying, defined under this policy as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, ph... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 3.02 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    The following specifically pertain to students occupying or visiting property operated by the Department of Residence (DOR). Violations of any of the following may be subject to the student conduct process. Exceptions to the following are allowed for Catering and Dining operations. … Offensive Writings: Writin... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 13.02 Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    This policy prohibits any form of harassment on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class, by any member or group of the campus community, which unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work or academic environment. This environment may be created by verbal, written, graphic, threatening a... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 9.54 Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    The following are a sample, but not exhaustive list of behaviors with respect to the electronic environment which are expressly prohibited. … Creating or forwarding anonymous, deceptive, fraudulent, or unwelcome electronic communications, such as chain letters or solicitations for business schemes. Read More
  • Bias Response Team: Bias Reporting Protocol

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    The University will not seek to discipline or prosecute individuals for expression of views in a manner that is protected by their rights under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, but may challenge protected speech that conflicts with institutional values by speaking out against it, by prov... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 3.02 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    Harassment via Technology: Use of electronic or other technology, without a valid purpose, to intentionally intimidate, embarrass, ridicule, or humiliate another person. Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 3.02 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    Harassment is a knowing and willful course of conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment or which intends to cause a person to suffer substantial emotional distress. Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 13.10 Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 14, 2018

    Providing a forum for the free expression of ideas is a cherished and time-honored feature of university life. Freedom of expression is legally reinforced and mandated by: 1) the First Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the pres... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
  • University of Northern Iowa: We Will Not Punish Protected Speech

    October 29, 2008

    FIRE recently named the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) our Speech Code of the Month for stating on its website that: A bias incident is any inappropriate word or action directed toward an individual or group based upon actual or perceived identity characteristics or background of a group or person and that is contrary to… Read more

  • Speech Code of the Month: University of Northern Iowa

    October 2, 2008

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for October 2008: the University of Northern Iowa. We have written in the recent past about the explosion of overbroad “bias incident” policies on college campuses nationwide. Many schools maintain policies that define so-called “bias incidents” to include a great deal of constitutionally protected expression. But perhaps… Read more