Appalachian State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Fourth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Kenneth E Peacock
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32002
Boone, NC 28608
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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)
Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance: Types of Harassment- Hostile Environment 12-13
* showing demeaning photos, calendars, cartoons, or graphic content in a non-artistic work area where it is reasonably expected that co-workers could view them
* persistently telling offensive stories or jokes that stereotype members on the basis of a protected category ....
Student Code of Conduct: Conduct Prohibited by the University- Harassment 11-12
Policy Manual: Harassment and Discrimination 12-13
is defined as adverse treatment of a person based upon race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, political affiliation, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.
is one that both a reasonable person would find hostile or abusive and one that the particular person who is the object of the harassment perceives to be hostile or abusive. Hostile environment is determined by looking at all of the circumstances, including the frequency of the allegedly harassing conduct, its severity, whether it is physically threatening or humiliating, and whether the conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, academic advancement, participation in extracurricular activities or access to University services. In some cases, a single incident may constitute harassment.
Examples of conduct that could create or contribute to hostile environment harassment may include:
Unwelcome jokes about disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc.
Offensive or degrading physical contact or coercive behavior, including stroking, patting or similar physical contact.
Pictures, posters, graffiti or written materials displayed in a workplace or classroom which are offensive or obscene.
Exclusion of individuals from meetings or University activities due to their religious beliefs or other protected class status.
Free Speech Zones
Policy Manual: Facility Use- Unscheduled Public Speaking Areas and Public Assembly 12-13
Internet Usage Policies
Appalachian State University Policy on the Use of Computers and Data Communications 12-13
* interfering with the legitimate work of another user;
* the sending of abusive or obscene messages via computers;
* the use of computer resources to engage in abuse of computer personnel or other users.
Student Code of Conduct: Conduct Prohibited by the University- Misuse or Abuse of Computers 11-12
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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.