Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Federal Circuit: 4th Circuit
North Carolina A&T 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 here.
January 10, 2006
FIRE teamed up with the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy to release the Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The Report notes that UNC System’s many speech codes and illiberal restrictions on religious groups would likely not survive a legal challenge. It also reveals that “13 out of the 16 schools in the UNC System have at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.”» Read More
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementIn order to insure timeliness of information and the appropriateness, all groups must clear
with the Office of Student Development any materials to be distributed within the University
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementThe Guidelines for Use of Social Media was developed to aid our internal
stakeholders (faculty, staff and students) in navigating through social media sites
utilized by the University that include, but may not be limited to, Facebook,
Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
In general, North Carolina A&T State University reserves the right to remove
from social media platforms any comments that are deemed discriminatory
against protected classes (such as, racist or sexist comments), abusive, profane,
violent, obscene, spam, that advocate illegal activity, contain falsehoods or are
wildly off-topic, duplicative, or that libel, incite, threaten or make ad hominem
attacks on students, employees, guests or other individuals.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementStudents have the responsibility to: ... Conduct themselves with civility (respect and courtesy) toward all others at all times.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHazing, harassment, and/or intimidation - defined as the intentional commission of an act, by
an individual or a group, of physically abusing or harassing another person or creating a
situation which produces physical hurt or discomfort, severe emotional distress,
embarrassment, or ridicule.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementEngaging in harassment leading to a hostile environment which includes conduct meeting the
following criteria: directed towards a particular person or persons; based upon the person’s
race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed,
disability, or veteran status; unwelcome; severe or pervasive ; objectively offensive; and so
unreasonably interferes with the targeted persons’ employment, academic pursuits, or
participation in University-sponsored activities as to effectively deny equal access to the
university’s resources and opportunities.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementN.C. A&T has long honored the right of free
discussion and expression, peaceful picketing and demonstrations, the right to petition and
peaceable assembly. Without question these rights are a part of the fabric of this institution, and
they must remain secure.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited and unwelcome verbal, non-verbal
and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s
work performance, academic activities or student experience or of creating an
intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or student life environment.
September 22, 2008
In January 2006, FIRE and the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy released a Report on the State of the First Amendment in the University of North Carolina System. The report took an in-depth look at the speech codes in force at each of the sixteen universities in the UNC System and made detailed recommendations for how those codes could be improved. At the time, 13 of the 16 schools in the system received a “red-light” rating from FIRE for maintaining policies that clearly and substantially restricted students’ right to freedom of speech. Happily, a number of the […]» Read More