University of South Carolina Columbia
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Fourth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Harris Pastides
University of South Carolina Columbia
Office of the President
Columbia, SC 29208
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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)
Student Code of Conduct- Harassment 12-13
Such conduct includes, but is not limited to action(s) or statement(s)
that threaten harm or intimidate a person ... or any other form of unwanted contact.
Discriminatory Harassment Policy 12-13
against any person or group of persons because of race, color, national origin, religion,
sex, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status that has the purpose or
reasonably foreseeable effect of creating an offensive, demeaning, intimidating, or hostile
environment for that person or group of persons. Such conduct includes, but is not
limited to, objectionable epithets, demeaning depictions or treatment, and threatened or
actual abuse or harm.
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs: Sexual Harassment: What It Is ... What To Do About It ... 12-13
1. it is either implied or clearly stated that submission to or rejection of the behavior will affect or is a term or condition of, the individual's employment or educational status, or
2. they create a coercive, hostile or intimidating atmosphere, or interfere with an individual's academic or work performance.
* unwelcome sexual advances.
* requests for sexual favors.
* language, graphic material, or physical conduct commonly understood to be of a sexual nature.
* demeaning sexist remarks.
* other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual Harassment Policy 12-13
conduct that is directed against a specific individual and persists despite its rejection.
Conduct, even that not specifically directed at the complainant, which is sufficiently pervasive, severe, or persistent to alter the conditions of the complainant's employment or status as a student and create a hostile working or learning environment, when viewed from the perspective of a reasonable person of the complainant's gender.
Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience (Learn More)
Carolina Community: Introduction- The Carolinian Creed 12-13
A commitment to this ideal is inconsistent with behaviors which compromise or demean the dignity of individuals or groups, including hazing, most forms of intimidating, taunting, teasing, baiting, ridiculing, insulting, harassing, and discrimination... I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development;
A commitment to this ideal is a pledge to be compassionate and considerate, to avoid behaviors which are insensitive, inhospitable, or which unjustly or arbitrarily inhibit other's ability to feel safe or welcomed in their pursuit of appropriate academic goals... Allegiance to these ideals obligates each Carolinian to refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
Free Speech Zones
Campus Solicitation 12-13
distribution of literature by University or non-University individuals or
organizations is restricted to the areas available for solicitation and must be
registered and reserved in advance through the Department of Student Life (or
designated areas. A solicitation fee of $29.00 will be assessed when activities are
deemed solicitation as described in this policy. a. Specific areas of the Russell House University Union (including the front
and back patios, Davis field, Ballroom, meeting rooms, and main lobby). ... b. Greene Street (between the gates ONLY and at specified times)
c. Pickens Street Bridge (student organizations only)
d. Designated areas of the Coliseum walkway (student organizations only)
e. Designated areas of academic building lobbies upon the approval of the
appropriate academic dean and the Associate Vice President for Student
Life (or designee)
f. Other designated locations upon the approval of the Associate Vice
President for Student Life (or designee)
g. Other specifically designated areas formally contracted through the
University for the purpose of advertising goods and services to the
1. Soliciting funds or sales or demonstrations that may result in sales;
2. Distributing advertising or other materials;
3. Compiling data for surveys, programs, or other purposes;
4. Recruitment of members or support for an organization or cause;
5. Providing educational information sessions (exclusive of formal University of
South Carolina academic classes).
Use of University Facilities 12-13
of Student Life. A detailed written request must be submitted two weeks
prior to the event.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Code of Conduct- Application of Laws and Regulations 12-13
Carolina Community: Students Rights and Freedoms Within the Academic Community 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 December 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.