Youngstown State University

Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Type: Public
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Speech Code Rating

Youngstown State University 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
  • The Student Code of Conduct: (D) Article III. Student conduct standards/prohibited conduct- Bullying and Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Unwelcome or unreasonable behavior that harasses or intimidates people, either as individuals or as a group, and is sufficiently severe or pervasive from both a subjective (the complainant’s) and an objective (reasonable person) viewpoint. Bullying and harassing behavior is often persistent and part of a pattern, bu... Read More
  • University Housing & Residence Life Resident Handbook: Care of Your Room

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Items, including posters, signs, etc. that may be harassing, derogatory, or obscene to a reasonable person are not allowed in public areas (suite common area doors and walls, hall walls, and outside of room doors). Read More
  • University Housing & Residence Life Resident Handbook: Physical or verbal abuse

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    You are expected to treat all persons with respect and dignity. You are not permitted to physically or verbally assault any other resident. This includes sexual assault, harassment, and/or threats. Slurs regarding a person’s identity are considered verbal abuse. All forms of physical or verbal abuse are prohibited, ... Read More
  • Policy 3356-2-03: Discrimination/harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    (2) “Harassment.”   Conduct, or a course of conduct, that degrades or shows hostility toward an individual or group of individuals and is based on sex (including pregnancy), race, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other ... Read More
  • 3356-4-09: Acceptable Use of University Technology Resources

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Examples of Unacceptable Use: … Using technology resources to engage in fraud, defamatory, abusive, unethical, indecent, obscene, pornographic and/or unlawful activities is prohibited. … Any form of harassment by electronic means (e.g., email, videoconferencing, web access, phone, paging), whether throug... Read More
  • Student Organization Policies

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Students acting individually or on behalf of a registered student organization/group may distribute written material at designated on-campus locations after reserving those locations with the site administrator. Read More
  • Student Organization Policies: Invitation of Off-Campus Speakers

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    A request in writing to invite an outside speaker will be considered by the Vice President for Student Affairs only when made by a registered student organization at least ten (10) University working days in advance of the scheduled event.  This request shall include: (a) the name of the sponsoring organization; (b)... Read More
  • The Student Code of Conduct: (B) Article I. Rights and responsibilities- Basic rights

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    The following enumeration of basic rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights and privileges retained by students in their capacity as members of the student body or as citizens of the community at large: a. The right of free inquiry, expression, and/or assembly. Read More
  • University Housing & Residence Life Resident Handbook: Student Networking Protocol

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    Do not harass others or send threatening or obscene materials or messages to others. Read More
  • 3356-2-05: Title IX sexual harassment policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 27, 2021

    “Sexual harassment.” Conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following categories: … Unwelcome conduct determined by the reasonable person’s standard to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to an education program or activity ... Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Youngstown State University Leads Censorship of ‘Straight Pride’ Posters

    May 22, 2015

    Last month, flyers advertising “Straight Pride Week” were posted at Youngstown State University (YSU) in Ohio, asking students to celebrate thusly: “Just … go about your day without telling everyone about how ‘different’ you are.” Reporting at the time indicated that the Student Government Association got in touch with administrators in order to receive permission… Read more