Ball State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Seventh Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Jo Ann M Gora
Ball State University
Administration Building 101
Muncie, IN 47306
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: University Anti-Harassment Policy 12-13
pervasive, or persistent that it interferes significantly with an individual's employment, education, or living conditions. The conduct alleged to constitute harassment under this policy will be evaluated from the perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated to the complainant and considering all of the facts and circumstances.
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Sexual Harassment Policy 12-13
1. Requests for sexual favors;
2. Unwelcome physical contact such as hugging, rubbing, touching, patting, pinching or brushing another's body
3. Veiled suggestions of sexual activities;
4. Requests for private meetings outside of class or business hours for other than legitimate academic or business-related purposes;
5. Use in the classroom of sexual jokes, stories or images in no way germane to the subject of the class;
6. Use in the workplace of sexual jokes, stories or images in no way germane to the subject of the work environment;
7. Remarks about a person's body or sexual relationships, activities or experience that are in no way germane to the subject of the work or academic environment;
8. Use of inappropriate body images to advertise events.
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Conduct 12-13
Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience (Learn More)
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Introduction- Beneficence Pledge 12-13
To treat each person in the Ball State community with civility, courtesy, compassion, and dignity; to respect the property and environment of the campus.
Free Speech Zones
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Use of Property for Expressive Activities Policy- Demonstrations 12-13
a) The demonstration must be scheduled with the Student Center Reservation Office (SCRO) at least three (3) business days prior to the demonstration ... The demonstration must be held in either the Quad area or LaFollette Field.
Internet Usage Policies
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Information Technology Users' Privileges and Responsibilities 12-13
prohibited and include repeated contacts with a person who has requested to be left
alone absent some legitimate institutional purpose for such communication.
Harassment may also involve malicious public disclosure of private facts, threats,
defamation, and vulgar or repulsive content posted about an individual or group.
a. In possible violation of federal, state, or local laws.
b. May violate the copyright or other intellectual property rights of others.
c. Harassing or threatening, or otherwise disruptive to the learning or working environment.
d. In violation of other university policies, procedures, or contractual obligations.
e. Inappropriate for the stated purpose of the system, service, or environment.
f. A security risk affecting the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of services.
g. Otherwise inconsistent with the mission of the university.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Student Affairs: Bias Incident Reporting Form 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Bill of Rights and Responsibilities 12-13
by the same responsibilities to respect the rights of others as all other citizens.
Among the basic rights are freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of peaceful
assembly and association, freedom of political beliefs, and freedom from personal force
and violence, threats of violence, and personal abuse.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in April 2013. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.