University of Pittsburgh
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Third Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Mark A Nordenberg
University of Pittsburgh
Office of the Chancellor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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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)
Sexual Harassment Policy 12-13
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: ... 3. Such conduct is severe or pervasive and objectively and subjectively has the effect of: a. Unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or equal access to education; or b. Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or academic environment; or 4. Such conduct, if repeated, is reasonably likely to meet the standard set forth in number 3 immediately above.
Guidelines and Responsibilities for University Administrators: Handling Sexual Harassment Complaints- Hypothetical Circumstances 12-13
Response: This is "hostile environment" sexual harassment. Even though no one has complained to you, you should ensure that the pictures are removed and that sexually explicit discussions do not occur in public areas of the workplace. The lab technicians should be told why the action is being taken.
Student Code of Conduct: Offenses Related to Persons 12-13
Harasses, or attempts to harass a person through repeated, unwanted communications or by putting another person in objective and subjective fear of injury or unreasonably causing severe or pervasive distress by: purposely following another person in public places or other places; communicating in an anonymous manner; or acting in another manner with the intent to harass a person.
Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience (Learn More)
The Pitt Promise: A Commitment to Civility 12-13
As a Pitt Student:
* I will embrace the concept of a civil community which abhors violence, theft and exploitation of others;
* I will commit myself to the pursuit of knowledge with personal integrity and academic honesty;
* I will respect the sanctity of the learning environment and avoid disruptive and deceitful behavior toward other members of the campus community;
* I will support a culture of diversity by respecting the rights of those who differ from myself;
* I will contribute to the development of a caring community where compassion for others and freedom of thought and expression are valued;
* I will honor, challenge and contribute to the scholarly heritage left by those who preceded me and work to leave this a better place for those who follow.
By endorsing these common principles, I accept a moral obligation to behave in ways that contribute to a civil campus environment and resolve to support this behavior in others. This commitment to civility is my promise to the University of Pittsburgh and its community of scholars.
Internet Usage Policies
Computer Access and Use 12-13
copy, store, draw, print, or publish obscene language or graphics.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Code of Conduct: Student Rights Within the University Community 12-13
privileges: ... To engage in discussion, to make inquiries, to exchange thought and opinion, to publish and exchange
findings and recommendations, to speak, write, or print freely on any subject, and to sponsor speakers
of their choice, in accordance with the guarantees of our Federal and State Constitutions, subject only
to the right of the University to make reasonable rules and regulations related thereto.
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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.