University of North Florida
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Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Regulation 12-13
For the purposes of this regulation, discrimination is defined as the intentional or unintentional treatment of any member of the university community, or any unfair treatment based solely upon genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or veteran status.
Harassment: For the purposes of this regulation, harassment is a form of discrimination, is unwelcome conduct that is based on genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or veteran status.
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Sexual Misconduct Regulation 12-13
"Sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal (including written and electronic communications) or physical conduct of a sexual nature from any person when: ... Such conduct is sufficiently serious (i.e., severe, persistent or pervasive) to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or activities or such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive so as to alter the conditions of, or have the purpose and effect of substantially interfering with, a faculty or staff member’s employment by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.
In addition to the conduct described in terms defined above, the following are common examples of unwelcome conduct which when sex-based behavior can be found to be a violation of this regulation: ... *Suggestive or inappropriate communications, notes, letters, e-mail, text messages, contact through social media (i.e. Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or other written materials. ... * Displaying, transmitting or sending suggestive or inappropriate photographs, videos, computer images, slides, calendars, cartoons or drawings through any medium. ... * Attempts at humor or the telling of jokes about sex that denigrate either gender.
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Resident Handbook: Harassment 12-13
Behavior and actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive, living, educational or work
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environment for another person or group is not permitted. Behavior and actions that threaten,
harm, or intimidate another person, group, or animal is not permitted. This may include, but is
not limited to, verbal, written or electronic communication, gestures, or other behavior.
Student Conduct Code: Sexual Misconduct 12-13
Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is severe, persistent or pervasive so as to limit or deny a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an academic program, event or activity or to otherwise participate in campus life.
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Student Conduct Code: Harassment 12-13
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3.0 Action(s) or statements that threaten harm or reasonably intimidate another person causing them fear for their safety.
3.1 Acts that invade the privacy of another person.
3.2 To follow or otherwise contact another person repeatedly (e.g. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½ Stalking) or to take deliberate and repeated actions toward another so as to put a reasonable person in fear for their life or personal safety.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Resident Handbook: Decorations 12-13
Residents are encouraged to decorate their rooms and apartments in a way that are pleasing and
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comfortable to them. However, residents are encouraged to be respectful of roommates and
community members when decorating. Some words, symbols, images, etc. may offend others
and/or damage your character. The Department of Housing and Residence Life will review
resident or staff complaints due to offensive or questionable decorations. Appeals of decisions
are at the discretion of the Director of Housing and Residence Life and/or his/her designee.
Resident Handbook: Disorderly/Disruptive Behavior 12-13
Disorderly and/or disruptive behavior includes: the use of offensive or abusive language ....
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Free Speech Zones
Use of Amplified Sound in University Facilities; Outdoor Areas; Demonstrations and Other Outdoor Events 12-13
Outdoor areas on the campus which are not committed to a specific use or assigned to a specific University entity, such as the area located adjacent to the Arena and the Wellness
Center, are free to be used for informal, unscheduled, and unamplified expressions of opinion or musical events by persons participating as individuals without registration or approval.
Demonstrations may be held anywhere on the campus, so long as they do not disrupt the normal operations of the University or infringe on the rights of other members of the University community, except that no demonstrations are permitted inside University buildings. Demonstrations using a public address system or other electronic amplification and/or involving a substantial outdoor area of the campus and/or a large number of people must be scheduled in accordance with subsection (6) of this regulation. In the event of disruptive action, the procedures set forth in subsections (8)-(10) of this regulation will apply.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in January 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.