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.
|Public or Private:||Private|
|Federal Circuit:||Fourth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Richard H Brodhead
207 Allen Building
Durham, NC 27708
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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)
Duke Community Standard in Practice: Harassment 12-13
* Continued unwelcome questioning about intimate or
personal matters outside the scope of work or learning
* Unwelcome touching or physical acts outside the scope of
work or learning
* Unwelcome comments or jokes of a sexual or explicit nature
* Unwelcome comments or conduct regarding an individual’s
race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,
* Sending e-mails that contain unwelcome, extreme or
persistent messages, images or language
* Persistently joking about an individual’s age, disability,
country of national origin, color, sexual orientation, religion,
gender identity, etc.
in nature--that, because of its severity and/or persistence, interferes significantly with an
individual's work or education, or adversely affects an individual's living conditions.
perspective of a reasonable person similarly situated to the complainant and in
consideration of the context of the behavior.
Internet Usage Policies
Duke Community Standard in Practice: Computing and Electronic Communications 12-13
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Bias Response 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Duke Community Standard in Practice: Pickets, Protests, and Demonstrations 12-13
explore and to discuss questions which interest them, to express opinions publicly and privately, and to
join together to demonstrate their concern by orderly means. It is the policy of the university to protect
the right of voluntary assembly, to make its facilities available for peaceful assembly, to welcome guest
speakers, to protect the exercise of these rights from disruption or interference.
Duke Community Standard in Practice: Academic Freedom 12-13
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 2012. 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.