University of Kansas
A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Tenth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
University of Kansas
1450 Jayhawk Blvd
230 Strong Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
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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 Handbook: Policies and Procedures- Harassment, Sexual and Sexual Assault 13-14
... a pattern of conduct intended to humiliate or cause discomfort, or both, including unwelcome comments of a sexual nature; unwelcome sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, gestures, or anecdotes; unwelcome propositions of a sexual nature; unwelcome touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person's body or clothing; unwelcome remarks of a sexual nature, including remarks about a person's body or clothing; unwelcome remarks about sexual activity; showing, exposing to, or subjecting others to materials or media of a sexual nature.
Housing Handbook: Policies and Procedures- Harassment, Racial and Ethnic Harassment or Discrimination 13-14
Housing Handbook: Policies and Procedures- Harassment, General 13-14
This includes any comment, action, or type of behavior that is threatening, insulting, intimidating,
demeaning or discriminatory or disrupts the community environment or limits a resident’s or
their guest’s ability to participate in their residential community and on campus. This includes
acts of coercion, stalking, bullying, pranks and prank phone calls, vandalism or defacement of
personal property, and attempts to embarrass or humiliate.
Examples of Sexual Harassment 13-14
Unwanted jokes, gestures, offensive words on clothing, and unwelcome comments and repartee.
Touching and any other bodily contact such as scratching or patting a coworker's back, grabbing an employee around the waist, or interfering with an employee's ability to move.
Repeated requests for dates that are turned down or unwanted flirting.
Transmitting or posting emails or pictures of a sexual or other harassment-related nature.
Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or posters.
Playing sexually suggestive music.
Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos, such as pornography, with co-workers.
Sending suggestive letters, notes, or e-mails.
Displaying inappropriate sexual images or posters in the workplace.
Telling lewd jokes, or sharing sexual anecdotes.
Making inappropriate sexual gestures.
Staring in a sexually suggestive or offensive manner, or whistling.
Making sexual comments about appearance, clothing, or body parts.
Inappropriate touching, including pinching, patting, rubbing, or purposefully brushing up against another person.
Asking sexual questions, such as questions about someone's sexual history or their sexual orientation.
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Housing Handbook: Policies and Procedures- Disorderly or Disruptive Conduct 13-14
Housing Handbook: Policies and Procedures- Dissemination of Information 13-14
Internet Usage Policies
Housing Handbook: Policies and Procedures- Harassment, Electronic 13-14
electronic media as a means for harassment is strictly prohibited. Harassing behavior includes
sending text, picture, audio, video or executable electronic code (virus's, etc.) over electronic
forums, message boards, social media sites and services, instant messaging or chat services,
email, or other internet or intranet service, and websites. This includes repeated unwanted
contact or any stalking or bullying behaviors on any of the aforementioned media.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: Bill of Rights 13-14
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in November 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.