A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
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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)
University Housing Student Handbook 13-14
Harassment of a university student is defined as any behavior, including gestures
or swearing, that is directed at or in the presence of a student that is meant to
intimidate or be combative.
Harassment of a university employee is defined as any behavior, including gestures or
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swearing, that is directed at or in the presence of a staff person that is meant to
intimidate or be combative while in the performance of his or her duty.
Administrative Guidelines Prohibiting Discrimination 13-14
Sexual harassment also includes conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work, academic performance, or use of University services, or which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, educational, or service environment. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, sexual assault, and unwelcome: sexual propositions, sexually graphic comments about a person's body, touching, patting, pinching, leering, persistent sexual jokes or comments, and displays of sexually graphic pictures.
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Student Handbook: University Ordinances and Regulations- Unlawful Individual Activities 13-14
No person shall engage in any activity, individually or in concert with others, which causes or constitutes a disturbance, noise, riot, obstruction or disruption that obstructs or interferes with the free movement of persons about the campus or which interferes with the free, normal, and uninterrupted use of the campus for educational programs, business activities and related residential, food service and recreational activities, nor shall any person in any way intimidate, harass, threaten or assault any person engaged in lawful activities on campus.
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Student Handbook: University Ordinances and Regulations- Telephones 13-14
No person shall use any telephone or other communications device to harass, offend, or disturb any other person, nor shall any person use threatening, obscene, immoral, or insulting language over any telephone or other communications device.
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Student Handbook: Behavior Policies- How to Resolve a Complaint 13-14
Discriminatory conduct or discriminatory harassment means any physical or verbal behavior, including but not limited to sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, and any written behavior, including pictorial illustrations, graffiti or written material, that stigmatizes or victimizes an individual on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, handicap, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, marital status, familial status, veteran status, or other characteristics not permitted by law.
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Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Student Rights & Principles of Freedom 13-14
Students have the right of free inquiry, expression and association, and are expected to exercise their rights within the bounds of civility and community responsibility.
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Student Handbook: Code of Student Conduct - Philosophy and Purpose 13-14
Oakland University students and organizations are expected to practice civility and uphold the highest standards of academic and personal integrity.
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Free Speech Zones
Student Handbook: Policies and Procedures- Distribution of Material on Campus 13-14
Distribution of material and soliciting of any kind by an individual or group are not permitted on OU's campus without proper approval. ... All distribution of printed material, as well as other items, must be approved through the Dean of Students Office.
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Student Organization Policies: Advertising 13-14
There are six spirit rocks available for use by student organizations. They are located on the north and
east end of the Oakland Center. Messages should be appropriate, tasteful and respectful of other
organizations, individuals and the OU community.
Posting is defined as the hanging of information, advertising, etc. on any campus bulletin board, window, door, wall or other university property. Oakland University reserves the right to refuse permission to any individual or group for posting that a) would seriously impede normal university activity, b) does not follow Oakland University policies and procedures, c) would make posting particular material inappropriate, d) contains contents which are in violation of university policies and ordinances, state and federal laws and/or e) does not support the role and mission of the university. Examples of posters that would be denied posting include advertisements for events at bars/night clubs and posters containing alcohol and/or drugs.
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Internet Usage Policies
Use of University Information Technology Resources 13-14
No member of the community may use Resources to libel, slander, or harass any other person.
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Harassment includes, without limitation, the following:
(1) Intentionally using Resources to annoy, harass, terrify, intimidate, threaten, offend or bother another person by conveying obscene language, pictures, or other materials or threats of bodily harm to the recipient or others;
(2) Intentionally using Resources to contact another person repeatedly with the intent to annoy, harass, or bother, whether or not any actual message is communicated, and/or where no purpose of legitimate communication exists, and where the recipient has expressed a desire for the communication to cease;
(3) Intentionally using Resources to contact another person repeatedly regarding a matter for which one does not have a legal right to communicate, once the recipient has provided reasonable notice that he or she desires such communication to cease;
(4) Intentionally using Resources to disrupt or damage the academic, research, administrative, or related pursuits of another;
(5) Intentionally using Resources to invade the privacy, academic or otherwise, of another or the threatened invasion of the privacy of another.
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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.