Location: Arlington, Texas
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
University of Texas at Arlington has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
Red Light Policies
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature where: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or scholastic environment.
Sexual misconduct includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed towards another individual that does not rise to the level of sexual harassment but is unprofessional and inappropriate for the workplace or classroom.
Verbal harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following: * Sexual innuendoes, comments and sexual remarks about clothing, body, or sexual activities * Repeated sexually oriented kidding, teasing, joking or flirting * Verbal abuse of a sexual nature * Derogatory or demeaning comments about women or men in general, whether sexual or not * Suggestive or insulting sounds * Offensive crude language ….
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
Proscribed Conduct: … engaging in behavior that would be deemed by a reasonable person to be inappropriate or disruptive in nature.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
1. “Verbal harassment” means hostile or offensive speech, oral, written or symbolic that
a. personally describes or is personally directed to one or more specific individuals; and
b. is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the victim’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the University; and
c. is not necessary to the expression of any idea described in paragraph 2 of this subsection.
2. To make an argument for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological or academic idea is not verbal harassment even if some listeners are offended by the argument or idea. The categories of sexually harassing speech set forth by the UT Arlington Standards of Conduct Guide are rarely, if ever, necessary to argue for or against the substance of any political, religious, philosophical, ideological or academic idea.
3. Verbal harassment may consist of threats, insults, epithets, ridicule, personal attacks or the categories of harassing sexual speech set forth by the UT Arlington Standards of Conduct Guide and is often based on the victim’s appearance, personal characteristics or group membership, including but not limited to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation, ideology, political views or political affiliation.
Handbook of Operating Procedures: Speech, Expression and Assembly- Public Assemblies Without Amplified Sound 13-14
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
“Publicly assemble” and “public assembly” include any gathering of persons, including discussions, rallies, and demonstrations. … University persons and organizations may publicly assemble on campus in any place where, at the time of the assembly, the persons assembling are permitted to be.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
The freedoms of speech, expression and assembly are fundamental rights of all persons and are central to the mission of the University. Students, faculty and staff have the right to assemble, to speak, and to attempt to attract the attention of others and corresponding rights to hear the speech of others when they choose to listen, and to ignore the speech of others when they choose not to listen.
November 30, 2012
Recently, FIRE intervened at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) after the Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity brought to our attention what I suspect is an all-too-common punishment against fraternities and sororities: the prohibition on displaying their letters in any way while the chapter was under investigation. After FIRE brought this issue to UTA’s attention, the university promised that students and student organizations at UTA enjoy the full freedoms of the First Amendment. Here’s the background on the chain of events resulting in this unconstitutional punishment for SigEp, as we wrote in a letter to UTA President James D. […]» Read More