Indiana University - Bloomington
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Seventh Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Michael A McRobbie
Indiana University - Bloomington
Office of the President
601 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Franklin Hall 116
Bloomington, IN 47405
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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)
Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Student Responsibilities 12-13
a. An express or implied threat to:
(1) Interfere with an individual's personal safety, academic efforts, employment,
or participation in university-sponsored activities and that under the
circumstances causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that
such harm is about to occur; or
(2) Injure that person, or damage his or her property; or
b. "Fighting words" that are spoken face-to-face as a personal insult to the listener
or listeners in personally abusive language inherently likely to provoke a violent
reaction by the listener or listeners to the speaker.
Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Student Rights- Right to Freedom from Harassment 12-13
favors and other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to such conduct
is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of a student's education, or
submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic
conditions affecting the student; or the conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering
with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
color, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, sex or gender, sexual orientation,
marital status, or veteran's status and that adversely affects a term or condition of an
individual's education, housing, or participation in a university activity; or has the purpose
or effect of unreasonably creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for
academic pursuits, housing, or participation in university activities.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
A to Z Guide to Residence Hall Living: Statement on Diversity 12-13
Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Preamble 12-13
accepts admission to Indiana University agrees to: ... behave in a manner that is respectful of the dignity of others, treating others with
civility and understanding....
A to Z Guide to Residence Hall Living: Residence Hall Rules and Regulations 12-13
Free Speech Zones
Student Organization Handbook: Policy on Free Speech 12-13
reservation forms are necessary. Dunn Meadow is the only space on campus designated by the IU Board of
Trustees as a spontaneous free speech area.
Student Organization Handbook: Appendix D- Free Speech Policies and Guidelines 12-13
The Board of Trustees has designated an area on Dunn Meadow immediately north of the Indiana
Memorial Union as the Indiana University Assembly Ground. The University community
supports that decision and the policy that students, staff and faculty of the University may
express any point of view on a subject in the Assembly Ground, with or without advance notice,
within the limits of applicable laws and regulations.
contact the Student Activities Office 24 hours in advance of the proposed march to discuss applicable
University policies and to confirm the line of march.
interfere with traffic. Reservations for University facilities are made on a first-come, first served basis and are
subject to the facilities use policies specified in Section I.D.3 of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities,
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Stop It! Brochure 12-13
The teams deal with any incident of discrimination
or harassment that involves race, religion,
nationality, gender, or sexual orientation.
FOR EXAMPLE :
You are subjected to verbal abuse because you are gay,
lesbian, or bisexual.
While walking home from the library, your
roommate is physically attacked by a group of people
of a different race.
A poster advertising a religious speaker is defaced with
Every time you go to class, your lab partner insists on
telling jokes that are demeaning to women.
Other Speech Codes
Student Organization Handbook: Outdoor Campus Events 12-13
problems. The student organization is responsible for primary intervention in the event of any problems
or potentially confrontational situations.
to Student Activities a minimum of ten business days prior to the event.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Student Rights- Right to Freedom of Association, Expression, Advocacy and Publication 12-13
recognizes the rights of all students to engage in discussion, to express thoughts and
opinions, and to assemble, speak, write, publish or invite speakers on any subject without
university interference or fear of university disciplinary action.
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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.