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

This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech. This school has adopted the chicago statement for free speech.
  • Policies and Procedures: 3.02 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 31, 2020

    Harassment: Repeated unwanted contact or communication by any means, behavior, or verbal abuse threatening to injure or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of oneself or another person is unacceptable. Harassment is a knowing and willful course of conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interferin... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 13.02 Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 31, 2020

    Discriminatory harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct by any member or group of the community on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a class protected by policy or law. The University does not tolerate discriminatory harassment of any employee, student, visitor, or guest. The University will act to re... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 14.04 Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 31, 2020

    Key prohibitions include: … Creating or forwarding anonymous, deceptive, fraudulent, or unwelcome electronic communications, such as chain letters or solicitations for business schemes. Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 3.02 Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: August 31, 2020

    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: 13.02 Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy- Title IX Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: August 31, 2020

    Title IX Sexual Harassment is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: … b. Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access... Read More
  • Policies and Procedures: 13.10 Freedom of Expression

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 31, 2020

    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 publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Iowa Board of Regents, University of Iowa faculty commit to free speech and academic freedom

    May 9, 2019

    There is good news for free speech at Iowa’s public universities. Last month, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa adopted a policy statement that promotes free speech and freedom of association at member institutions, including the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. In so doing, the Board joined… Read more

  • 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