Northern Michigan University
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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 Handbook: Student Code- Harassment 13-14
No students shall harass any member of the University community. Harassment for the purposes of this regulation shall be defined as verbal, physical, or written behavior which intimidates individuals or groups on any basis including race, ethnic background, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status, and interferes with an individual's participation in the curricular or extracurricular activities of the University.
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Student Handbook: Student Code- Personal Abuse 13-14
No students shall verbally abuse, threaten, intimidate, harass, coerce, bully, or exhibit conduct which threatens or endangers the mental or physical health/safety of any person or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm. Personal abuse shall be defined as behavior that is persistent, severe, and/or pervasive.
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Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14
When a complainant has communicated, verbally or in writing, that a behavior of a sexual nature is unwelcome, any repetition of that behavior or similar behavior will be considered unwelcome and is considered sexual harassment. No additional communication should be necessary for one to understand that his/her behavior is unwelcome.
Examples of behaviors which may constitute sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct in the University community include but are not limited to: ... Written, verbal, pictorial, or nonverbal communications of a sexual nature which do not contribute to or advance the work, service, or education activity being conducted. ... The above behaviors shall be presumed unwelcome without the complainant communicating that the behavior is unwelcome.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or visual communication or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: ... Such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment, public accommodations or public services, education, or housing; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment, public accommodations, public services, educational, or housing environment.
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Free Speech Zones
Student Handbook: Distribution or Sale of NMU Student Publications and Other Written Materials 13-14
Northern Michigan University believes in the freedom of students to express opinions and communicate ideas through writing, publishing, and distributing student publications and other written materials. In order to provide that freedom within an orderly framework, the following regulations are established for the distribution or sale of materials which are written, edited, published, or distributed by Northern Michigan University students. ... A copy of materials that are to be distributed must be submitted in advance to the Student Activities and Leadership Programs Office along with the name of a contact person of the sponsoring organization and/or sponsoring individual. This requirement will be waived for
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publications that are distributed on a regular basis (i.e., the North Wind).
Student Handbook: Posting Materials Policy 13-14
All notices, posters, signs, and banners must be registered for posting in the Center for Student Enrichment (1205 University Center) before they are displayed. Materials which are not registered may not be posted.
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Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities- Preamble 13-14
Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.
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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.