University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Seventh Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Phyllis Wise
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Swanlund Administration Building
601 E. John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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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)
Housing Hallmarks: Your Community - Harassment 13-14
on any basis, including on the basis of their actual or perceived race, color, national
origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or
veteran status. Specifically, residents may not(1) make any threat or engage in any
physically threatening behavior which creates a reasonable fear for a person’s
safety, or (2) engage in behavior which is so persistent, pervasive, or severe as to
deny a person’s ability to participate in the university community.
Student Code: Rules of Conduct 13-14
is not limited to, the following: ... engaging in behavior which is so persistant, pervasive, or severe as to deny a person’s
ability to participate in the University community.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access: Campus Conduct 13-14
Unwanted sexual statements - sexual or "dirty" jokes, comments on physical attributes, spreading rumors about or rating others as to sexual activity or performance, talking about one's sexual activity in front of others, and displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures and/or written material. Unwanted sexual statements can be made in person, in writing, electronically (email, instant messaging, blogs, web pages, etc.) and otherwise.
Policy and Procedures for Addressing Discrimination and Harassment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 13-14
sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of
protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation including
gender identity, arrest record status, military status, and unfavorable discharge from
military service. Harassment becomes unlawful when:
* the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work or learning
environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or
* enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment
or participating in an educational program or activity.
is based on an individual’s sex, gender, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment
includes any unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or any
unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature (including sexual assault, sexual abuse, and other
forms of sexual misconduct) when: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an
individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile
or offensive working or educational environment. Generally, a pattern of
unwelcome behavior is required; however, if sufficiently severe, one incident
may constitute a hostile environment.
Free Speech Zones
Student Organization Handbook: Event Planning 13-14
Auditorium Terrace Public Engagement Area, herein referred to as the Auditorium Terrace, has been designated as a public forum ... Groups seeking to use the Plaza for tabling or programming purposes initiate the approval process by
submitting a Space Request Form to the Office of Registered Organizations.
the Illini Union Office of Registered Organizations.
by red bricks between the Illini Union and the Quad)
has been designated as a public forum due to its high
visibility to the student body, easy access, and its location as being less likely to disrupt or obstruct University activities and functions (when activity occurs
there). ... Organizations that want to host formal programs including but not limited to demonstrations, rallies, speeches,
concerts, vigils, and film screenings on Anniversary
Plaza must submit a Space Request Form to and receive prior approval for the proposed event from the
Office of Registered Organizations.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Office of the Dean of Students: Acts of Intolerance- Reporting 13-14
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Code: Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14
University community of which all members have at least the rights and responsibilities
common to all citizens, free from institutional censorship; affiliation with the University
as a student does not diminish the rights or responsibilities held by a student or any other
community member as a citizen of larger communities of the state, the nation, and the
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in October 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.