University of South Alabama

Location: Mobile, Alabama
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of South Alabama 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
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    The term “sexual harassment” includes, but is not limited to, verbal or non-verbal conduct that a reasonable person would find intimidating, demeaning, hostile, or offensive with an inappropriate focus on sex, sexual history, individual gender- based characteristics, or sexual orientation; unwelcome verbal or physic... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Posting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    Reservations for all flyers, posters, and banners (with the above exceptions) should be made at the Student Center Information Desk located on the second floor or the Student Center Services Office on the first floor. Groups or departments that have their own bulletin board do not need to make reservations for posti... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Policies- Student Computer Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    Activity that violates state or federal law. This may include viewing, downloading, posting, printing or • sending pornography, or other sexually explicit, profane, obscene, hostile, or • blatantly offensive and intimidating material, including hate speech, threats, harassing • communications (as defined by law), or... Read More
  • Student Handbook: USA Spirit

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    Becoming a member of the University of South Alabama’s community necessitates that the spirit of a truly civilized community be fully embraced. As a member of the University community…. I will respect the spirit of equality which upholds the dignity of all persons. …a commitment to this ideal means I will not compro... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Use of University Space, Facilities, and Grounds- Expressive Activity

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    For USA students or employees, all areas of the University campus are open for expressive activities except for the following: • Areas between the street side of University buildings and facilities on the periphery of campus from the portal of North Drive to the corner of campus at Old Shell Road and University Boul... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Conduct which is disorderly or indecent

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    “Disorderly conduct” occurs when an individual acts with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, when he/she: … In a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Sexual Misconduct Policy & Complaint Resolution Procedures

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    1. Definition of Sexual Harassment Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment rises to the level of sex discrimination, and is prohibited by this policy as sexual misconduct, when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s acade... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Discriminatory Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    The term “discriminatory harassment” refers to intentional behavior, including but not limited to written, electronic, verbal, or physical acts that denigrate or show hostility toward an individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, protected vetera... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Student Rights and Responsibilities

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    The University of South Alabama is a community of scholars in which the ideals of freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, and freedom of the individual are sustained. The University is committed to supporting the exercise of any right guaranteed to individuals by the Constitution and the Code ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: April 19, 2019

    The term “harassment” means conduct that, in the aggregate, is sufficiently pervasive, persistent, or severe that a reasonable person with the same characteristics of the victim of the harassing conduct would be adversely affected to a degree that interferes with his or her ability to participate in or t... Read More
  • University of South Alabama backs down after ordering student to remove pro-Trump sign

    April 13, 2017

    Nearly 100 days into the Trump presidency, some college administrators are still fearful that their college’s tax-exempt status may be in jeopardy because of students’ political signs. That was the case at the University of South Alabama last week when student David Meredith put a “Trump/Pence 2016” sign in his dormitory window, months after Trump… Read more

  • Federal Judge Issues Mixed Ruling in U. of South Alabama Free Speech and Due Process Case

    February 17, 2015

    Last August, I reported on a University of South Alabama (USA) student group’s federal lawsuit alleging that the university violated the group’s members’ First Amendment right to free expression by confining them to a tiny “speech zone” on campus, and that its overbroad and vague policies violate students’ due process and equal protection rights. Earlier… Read more

  • U. of South Alabama Pro-Life Group Alleges First, Fourteenth Amendment Violations

    August 29, 2014

    The University of South Alabama (USA) student group Students for Life USA filed suit against the university in federal court in April, alleging that by restricting the group’s speech to a tiny “speech zone” on campus, the university violated members’ First Amendment right to freedom of expression, as well as their Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and equal protection. Earlier this month, USA revised a solicitation policy at issue in the lawsuit, but according to Students for Life USA and the group’s counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the second policy identified in the suit still infringes on student rights. ADF filed an amended complaint (PDF) this week, which includes requests to enjoin enforcement of both policies and to provide nominal damages and attorneys’ fees.