unprotected speech

August 28, 2013

The use, in addressing a specific student, university employee, or recipient of university services, of an epithet or a comment concerning that student, employee or recipient of services that clearly derogates and debases him or her on the basis of his or her gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability is not appropriate and therefore is not protected.

Expression can be the basis for discipline only if all of the following conditions apply:


The expression is clearly and patently not protected under IV.B.1; and

one or more student(s), university employee(s), or recipient(s) of university services have asked on one or more previous occasions that the faculty or academic staff member stop using such expression; and

the expression is, and is commonly considered by the university community-including individuals who belong to a group targeted by the faculty or academic staff member-to be, seriously derogating and debasing; and

the expression is likely seriously to interfere with an individual’s academic or professional performance, or receipt of university services.