Campus Speech Codes: Not a Thing of the Past
December 6, 2006
- Davidson College in North Carolina prohibits “comments or inquiries about dating,” “patronizing remarks,” “innuendoes,” and “dismissive comments.”
- At Jacksonville State University in Alabama, students can be punished if they “offend” anyone “on university owned or operated property.”
- At the University of Mississippi, “offensive language is not to be used” over the telephone.
- At Cal Tech, harassment includes any speech that “demeans…another because of his or her personal characteristics or beliefs.”
- At Macalester College, harassment includes “speech that makes use of inappropriate words or non-verbals.”
- University of North Carolina–Greensboro prohibits “disrespect for persons.”
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania prohibits “any actions which demonstrate a lack of respect for the human rights and personal dignity of any individual.”
- Saint Cloud State University bans “any derogatory remarks about a student’s race, class, age, gender, or physical limitations.”
- Rutgers University prohibits “‘joking’ comments (between friends, roommates, floormates)…which may be racist, sexist, heterosexist (homophobic),” even when “it is believed or discovered that the perpetrator(s) has no specific or general intent to harm an individual or group.”
- North Carolina School of the Arts forbids students from “[u]sing offensive speech or behavior of a biased or prejudiced nature related to one’s personal characteristics.”
- At Texas Southern University, using “vulgar language” is prohibited.
- Furman University restricts its students from engaging in any “offensive communication not in keeping with community standards.”
- Finally, William Paterson University simply forbids “[b]ehavior that annoys.”