University of Southern Indiana

Location: Evansville, Indiana
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

University of Southern Indiana 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.
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Harassment is any conduct based on the victim’s actual or perceived identification with a particular protected class or classes that creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile working or learning environment that interferes with the victim’s work or education, or that adversely affects their living conditions. Su... Read More
  • Student Affairs: USI Creed

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    As a member of the USI community… I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will reject and confront all manifestations of discrimination while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions; I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, their property, and their need for c... Read More
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Disorderly Conduct/Indecent Behavior

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Disorderly, lewd, indecent, bullying, cyber-bullying or obscene conduct is prohibited, including the expression of such on University-owned or controlled property or at University sponsored or -supervised events, on or off campus. Read More
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Threatening or Intimidating Behavior

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Behavior that involves an expressed or implied threat, which includes, but is not limited to the use of words verbal, written or electronic (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) inherently likely to provide an immediate violent reaction when directed toward a specific individual, or any behavior that has the purpose ... Read More
  • Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment means unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct based on sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or education (including living conditions) or that creates an intimidating, hos... Read More
  • Data Communications and Computer Use Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Unacceptable activities … 9. Sending chain letters or unauthorized mass mailings. … 12. Sending of abusive, harassing, or obscene messages via electronic devices. … In order to avoid jeopardizing the University’s tax-exempt status, computer facilities and services may not be used for personal finan... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Free Speech, Peaceful Dissent, Protests and Demonstrations Rights and Responsibilities 

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    In accordance with the University of Southern Indiana’s obligation to promote the free expression of all views, the campus is open to any speaker whom registered student organizations, administrators, staff or faculty members have invited and for whom official arrangements to speak have been made with the University... Read More
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Social Media Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    USI will not regularly monitor the language and/or actions of students on social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. However, while the University will defer to the user policies of the individual social medium, USI will hold students accountable for reported related Code of Student Behavior... Read More
  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: Student’s Rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    A student has the right to participate in a free exchange of ideas, and there shall be no University policy that in any way abridges the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition, and peaceful assembly in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Read More
  • Sexual Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment … To meet the threshold for Title IX, the unwelcome conduct must be determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the University’s education program or activity. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 29, 2021

    The University of Southern Indiana considers freedom of inquiry and discussion essential to a student’s educational development. Through open discussion of ideas and exchange of opinions, one can become informed and can test and give expression to values as they relate to issues concerning oneself and society.... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • University of Southern Indiana Adopts the Chicago Statement

    August 31, 2016

    The University of Southern Indiana (USI) has added the Chicago Statement—the FIRE-endorsed principles declaring free expression paramount on campus—to its employee handbook. USI joins more than a dozen other institutions at which faculty or administrative bodies have formally endorsed the 2015 University of Chicago (UChicago)-authored statement, which FIRE has called the gold standard for free… Read more

  • Student Paper Highlights University of Southern Indiana’s Speech Codes

    April 9, 2010

    In an article published yesterday in The Shield, the student newspaper at the University of Southern Indiana (USI), student Zach Evans highlights the unconstitutional speech policies in force at USI. Evans opens with an examination of USI’s free speech zone policy. With that in mind, what does free speech mean at USI? It all begins… Read more