University of Southern Maine

Location: Portland, Maine
Website: http://www.usm.maine.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

University of Southern Maine 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 here.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Sexual Harassment Policy Brochure

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    [S]exual harassment may be more subtle– like staring, sexual jokes, or teasing, sexually demeaning remarks.

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  • Policy on Religious and Spiritual Life

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    The University has an obligation to insure that any religious group using the facilities of the University is willing to abide by those standards and values that apply to all such groups. These values include the University’s statement on non-discrimination and Student Senate policy of harmony with it, and are rooted in the University’s commitment to free inquiry, diversity, inclusion, and freedom from coercion, and related to its primary mission of offering an educational environment in which the pursuit of knowledge is honored and affirmed.

    Groups promoting particular religious traditions express their beliefs, serve students, faculty and staff, and have access to, and use of, University facilities and services at the discretion of the University.

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  • Residence Hall Policies: Abuse

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    Verbal or physical abuse, or the threat of physical abuse against any person in the residence halls or at any authorized event, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person(s), is not allowed.

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  • Acceptable Use of Information Resources Policy

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    [U]nacceptable uses and behaviors include, but are not limited to:

    – harassing other computer users or University staff;
    – intentionally and unnecessarily exposing others to material they may find personally unsuitable.

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  • University of Maine System Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: … such conduct interferes with an individual’s academic or work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, educational, or living environment.

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  • Rights and Resources: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, Domestic/Dating Violence, and Relationship Abuse

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other verbal/physical conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual assault made with explicit/ implicit condition that submission or rejection of such will affect an individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University program or activity.

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Green Light Policies
  • University of Maine System Student Conduct Code

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 12, 2015

    Harassment or Intimidation: Unwelcome behavior that creates a hostile or intimidating working, educational, or living environment or behavior that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s academic or job performance and opportunities.

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  • Use of University Facilities & Grounds Policy

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    Members of the University Community may conduct meetings, assemblies, and spontaneous demonstrations in all unrestricted areas of campus, provided that such meetings, assemblies, and demonstrations:

    (a) Are conducted in a lawful and orderly manner and in compliance with this policy and all other rules and regulations of the University;

    (b) Do not impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic;

    (c) Do not impede ingress or egress to any facility;

    (d) Do not impede access to any emergency exits;

    (e) Do not substantially interfere with classes, other scheduled meetings, events, educational process, or the necessary administrative processes of the University, or;

    (f) Do not create a health or safety hazard.

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  • Use of University Facilities & Grounds Policy

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 15, 2015

    USM’s mission of education, research, and public service is dependent upon the free flow of ideas. Given this, protecting free speech activities is of fundamental importance to the University. We understand that the exchange of diverse viewpoints may, at times, expose people to ideas they find offensive and create discomfort. The appropriate response to such speech is more speech; speech expressing opposing ideas; and continued dialogue.

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