University of Southern Indiana
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Seventh Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Linda Bennett
University of Southern Indiana
Office of the President
101 Wright Administration Building
Evansville, IN 47712-3596
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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)
Student Rights and Responsibilities: Threatening or Intimidating Behavior 13-14
which includes, but is not limited to the use of words
verbal, written, or electronic (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,
etc.) inherently likely to provide an immediate violent
reaction when directed toward a specific individual,
or any behavior that has the purpose or reasonably
foreseeable effect of creating a hostile environment by, but
not limited to, interfering with another individual’s personal
safety, safety of property, academic efforts, employment,
or participation in University-sponsored activities and
causes that person to have a reasonable apprehension
that such harm is about to occur, is prohibited.
Student Rights and Responsibilities: Sexual Harassment 13-14
unwanted advances, requests for sexual favors, or
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature on
or off campus 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 environment for
work or learning.
University Handbook: Guidelines on Sexual Harassment 13-14
connection with the University.
unwelcome. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the following: ... a pattern of conduct (not legitimately related to the subject matter of the course if a course is
involved or to employment if employment is involved) that tends to bring discomfort and/or
humiliation, which may include comments of a sexual nature, or sexually explicit jokes,
statements, questions, or anecdotes; or
a pattern of conduct that would tend to bring discomfort or humiliation to a reasonable person at
whom the conduct was directed, which may include unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or
brushing against a person's body; remarks of a sexual nature regarding a person's clothing or
body; or remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience.
Student Rights and Responsibilities: Disorderly Conduct/Indecent Behavior 13-14
controlled property or at University-sponsored or -supervised events, on or off campus.
Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience (Learn More)
The USI Creed 13-14
I will practice personal and academic integrity; I will reject and confront all manifestations of discrimination while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions;
I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, their property, and their need for conditions which support their work and development;
Allegiance to these ideals requires that I refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
Free Speech Zones
Student Rights and Responsibilities: Outside Speakers Policy Statement 13-14
these premises, the University of Southern Indiana
will encourage any University registered student
organization, faculty, administrators, or staff to invite
speakers to campus. and the following provisions: ... 5. That to schedule the event properly, to assure
adequate facilities, to ensure the necessary publicity,
and to assure proper procedure, the sponsoring
group wishing to invite a visiting speaker to the
University make all arrangements for reserving
space with appropriate University officials at least
two weeks in advance of the speaker’s appearance
(unless the president or his designee waives the time
6. That violation of the stated policy and procedure
subjects the sponsoring group and its members to
sanctions as outlined in University policies.
Internet Usage Policies
Data Communications and Computer Use Policy 13-14
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Rights and Responsibilities: Student's Rights 13-14
exchange of ideas, and there shall be no University
policy that in any way abridges the rights of
freedom of speech, expression, petition, and
peaceful assembly in accordance with applicable
federal, state, and local laws.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 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.