East Carolina University
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Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Student Conduct Process 13-14
Harassment, Threats, Bullying or Intimidation: Directing action toward a particular individual or group in a manner which is unwelcome and, under the totality of the circumstances, so severe, pervasive, or objectively offensive that it undermines and/or detracts from the target's academic pursuits, participation in University-sponsored activities, or employment effectively denying equal access to University resources and opportunities.
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Racial and Ethnic Harassment Policy 13-14
The following constitute racial and/or ethnic harassment:
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a. Singling out people because of their race or ethnic affiliation and subjecting them to unequal or unfair treatment.
b. Harming, attempting to harm, or threatening to harm people because of their race and/or ethnic affiliation.
Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Conflict of Interest Policies 13-14
The following constitute sexual harassment:
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a. Making verbal remarks or committing physical actions that propose to people of either sex that they engage in or tolerate activities of a sexual nature in order to avoid some punishment or to receive some reward
b. Singling out people of either sex and creating or attempting to create a hostile university or working environment or otherwise attempting to harm or harming people because of their sex
c. Continuing verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the person or persons the conduct is directed toward has indicated clearly, by word or action, that this conduct is unwanted.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
University Policies and Regulations: Residence Hall Policies and Guidelines 13-14
Campus residents are individually and collectively responsible for their behavior and are fully accountable for their actions. Residents must be aware of the differences that exist in the residential community in order to avoid actions that belittle other groups or individuals. Bigotry has no place within the East Carolina residential community, nor does the right to denigrate another individual on the basis of age, physical challenge, national origin, sexual orientation, race, political affiliation, gender, or religious affiliation. Verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, violence, or other forms of harassment against any member of the residential community will not be tolerated. Likewise, we will not accept ignorance, anger, alcohol, or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for such behavior.
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Free Speech Zones
Assemblies and Public Addresses in Designated Public Forum 13-14
East Carolina University permits assemblies and public addresses (hereinafter referred to as "Event" or "Events") by University, student, and non-University-sponsored individuals or groups at the University’s Designated Public Forum. Unless an Event is sponsored by a University entity, it will not be allowed in areas or facilities other than the Designated Public Forum.
"Designated Public Forum" is defined as the area located in the four-sided green space adjacent to the Cupola, which is adjacent to well-traveled pedestrian sidewalks, and has been open to public speech by tradition and administrative approval. The extent of the site is the area to the South of the Cupola bounded by sidewalks on all four sides.
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Use of University Facilities and Outdoor Facilities Regulation 13-14
People responsible for printed materials must refrain from using language, words, design or lettering directed toward and offensive to a member of or a visitor to the university community and must ensure all displayed materials comply with applicable laws, including but not limited to those concerning safety, defamation, and obscenity, or trademark and copyright regulations. Materials that do not comply with these provisions may be removed without notice.
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Internet Usage Policies
University Student and Employee Computer Use Policy 13-14
Employees and students may access these technologies for personal uses if the following restrictions are followed: ... The use does not conflict with appropriate standards of civility and common courtesy or respect for the rights and privacy of others.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in August 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.