Salem State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||First Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President Patricia Meservey
Salem State University
Office of the President
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970
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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
Policies on Diversity and Multiculturalism (Learn More)
Guide to Living on Campus: Statement on Diversity 12-13
one individual or a group of individuals acts to destroy the essence of our diverse community, or shows a lack of respect
to an individual, we will respond appropriately. We will not tolerate behavior that is not in line with the belief that each
individual is a valued member of our community, and should be treated with dignity and respect.
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Policy Against Sexual Harassment 12-13
physical conduct of a sexual nature by any member of the campus
community constitutes sexual harassment when: ... such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with
an individual's academic or work performance or creating a sexually
intimidating, hostile or offensive employment, educational or living
creation of a hostile work environment under this Policy include, but are not limited to, the
following: ... 6. sexual slurs, sexual innuendos, and other comments about an individual or group’s
clothing, body, weight, body shape, size or figure; ... 11. suggestive or insulting sounds such as whistling, wolf-calls, or kissing sounds;
12. sexually provocative compliments about a person’s clothes or the way their clothes
13. comments or questions about the sensuality, sexuality, gender identity or sexual
orientation of a person, or his or her spouse or significant other;
14. pseudo-medical advice such as "you might be feeling bad because you didn’t get
Student Code of Conduct: Sexual Harassment 12-13
either a person in a position of authority or power or from a peer.
Sexual harassment also can involve verbal or written communication
of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
educational living or work environment.
Student Conduct Code: Conduct Regulations 12-13
university community or persons coming onto university property. This
includes, but is not limited to:
2.1) Harassment of [other members of the university community or
persons coming onto university property];
2.2) Statements intended to defame character;
2.3) Physical abuse;
2.4) Verbal abuse;
2.5) Written abuse of another person;
2.6) Threats to another person;
2.7) Any act of violence;
2.8) Inappropriately touching another person
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Guide to Living on Campus: Policy Against Racism 12-13
equality, dignity and security on the basis of his or her race, color, ethnicity, culture, or religion. It reaffirms the doctrine of
civility, appreciation for cultural/racial pluralism and the pre-eminence of individual human dignity as pre-conditions for
achieving an academic community that recognizes and uses the resources of all persons.
Free Speech Zones
PUBLIC SPEAKING, DISTRIBUTION OF LITERATURE, COMMERCIAL SOLICITATION AND DEMONSTRATIONS IN PUBLIC AREAS 12-13
at other than a University-sponsored event must first contact the Campus Center to insure that the time, place and
manner of the address does not interfere with normal University functioning.
1. Within no less than 48 hours prior to the time requested to make a public address, persons wishing to
use a public area space should inform Campus Center of the date, time, number of people involved,
and the contact person for the event.
2. On a case-by-case basis, the University may waive the 48-hour notice requirement for spontaneous
public addresses that are directly occasioned by news, events or affairs coming into public knowledge
less than 48 hours prior to such address. Such spontaneous public addresses may be allowed upon
the Alumni Plaza without the speaker or organizer first having to obtain a permit.
3. As a general rule, no individual or group will be permitted to engage in public address on campus
more than two times per month and/or four visits per semester.
Policy Statement on Student Demonstrations 12-13
Community to maintain the normal conduct of University affairs without undue interference. The right of students to
express views through demonstrations and mass gatherings is protected on campus so long as they do not:
1) Materially disrupt the normal ongoing University functions;
2) Interfere with the rights of others, including free movement on campus;
3) Engage in the destruction of property.
Posting Policy 12-13
Office before they may be posted.
to be incomplete, inaccurate, misleading and/or could be hazardous or disruptive to members of the learning
community will not be approved for posting or distribution.
Guide to Living on Campus: Community Behavior 12-13
remove offensive images, materials or language from doors, windows and other public areas.
Internet Usage Policies
Acceptable Use Policy 12-13
limited to, the following examples: ... Use University computer facilities in a manner that would constitute harassment, invasion of
privacy, threat, defamation, intimidation, obscenity, unwarranted annoyance or embarrassment,
or discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or sexual
Other Speech Codes
Guidelines for Religious Groups on Campus 12-13
PUBLIC WELFARE OF THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY?
1. All forms of harassment and proselytizing.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Code of Conduct: Preamble 12-13
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in July 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.