Florida State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Eleventh Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Eric J Barron
Florida State University
211 Wescott Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32306
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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)
Non-Discrimination Policy and Grievance Procedures 12-13
treated with dignity and respect and accorded the full opportunities of the University.
Racism, sexism, or other forms of prohibited discrimination, whether in assumptions,
attitudes, acts, or policies, are incompatible with the concept of responsible freedom as
espoused by the Florida State University.
act of discriminatory intimidations by
threats of imminent violence against
individuals on the basis of their race,
ethnicity, creed, color, sex, religion,
national origin, age, disability, veteran's or marital status.
on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed,
color, sex, religion, national origin,
age, disability, veteran's or marital status. This policy covers conduct which
presents clear and immediate danger
of bringing about injury or substantial
abuse to students, faculty or employees, or which substantially interferes
with the opportunity of a student to
obtain an education, or which creates
an intimidating or hostile work or
Title IX Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Amendment 12-13
(a) use of gender-based verbal or written language offensive or degrading to a person of that gender, whether or not the content is sexual;
(b) inappropriate display of gender-based pictorial images offensive or degrading to a person of that gender, including but not limited to sexual posters, photographs, cartoons, drawings, or other displays of sexually suggestive objects or pictures;
(c) use of inappropriate gestures or body language of a sexual nature, including leering or staring at another....
for sexual favors, and other verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature
directed at an employee or student by
another when: ... such conduct has the purpose or
effect of unreasonably interfering
with employment opportunities,
work or academic performance or
creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational
Student Conduct Code: Sexual Misconduct 12-13
Student Conduct Code: Harassment 12-13
b. Action(s) or statement(s) that threaten harm or intimidate another ...
d. Bullying behavior, defined as: the systematic and chronic infliction of physical hurt or psychological distress
by teasing, social exclusion, threat, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, theft, harassment, or destruction of
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
A Summons to Responsible Freedom 12-13
Guide to Residence Living: Community Expectations 12-13
Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience (Learn More)
The Seminole Creed 12-13
Free Speech Zones
Florida State University Open Platform and Amplified Sound Policies 12-13
University Regulation for Posting, Promotions, Chalking, Advertising and Active Distribution of Materials on FSU Campuses 12-13
Internet Usage Policies
Use of University Information Technology Resources 12-13
To harass another person. Users should not transmit to others or display images, sounds, or messages that might be perceived by a reasonable person as being, or have been identified as, harassing.
Other Speech Codes
General Statement of Philosophy on Student Conduct & Discipline 12-13
behavior which is not in keeping with
standards acceptable to the university
community is often symptomatic of attitudes, misconceptions, and emotional
crises, the treatment of these attitudes,
misconceptions, and emotional crises
through reeducation and rehabilitative
activities is an essential element of the
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Conduct Code: Scope 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 July 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.