Adams State University

Location: Alamosa, Colorado
Website: http://www.adams.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Adams State University has been given the speech code rating Red. 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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Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Proscribed conduct includes but is not limited to directing obscene or sexually offensive utterances, gestures or displays at another …taking or posting of text messages/photographs/images of a sexual nature except in an approved academic context ….

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  • Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. The harasser could be a member of the faculty, staff, someone outside the campus community or a fellow student.

    Sexual harassment can take many forms ranging from repeated and unwanted comments intended to stigmatize another on the basis of one’s sex, to subtle pressure for sexual activity to unwelcome physical conduct such as unwanted touching of another’s body to sexual violence.

    Other examples of sexual harassment include (but are NOT limited to):

    • Graphic comments about a person’s body
    • Sexually explicit pictures or suggestive objects placed in a living or work space (that a reasonable person would find offensive)
    • Unwanted propositions of a sexual nature, or demands for sexual favors
    • Stalking
    • Unwanted telephone calls or e-mails with sexually explicit content
    • Unwanted sexual contact

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Declaration of Tolerance 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience

    Tolerance is a personal decision that comes from a belief that every person is unique. To help< make the College a better place for all, I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity or other characteristics are different from my own. To fulfill this pledge, I will:

    • Examine my own biases and work to overcome them,
    • Set a positive example for my family and friends,
    • Work for tolerance in my own community, and
    • Speak out against hate and injustice.

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  • Student Handbook: Peaceful Assembly 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Students planning a demonstration are required by the College to give advance notice and register the event in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. Staff in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs can frequently assist in arranging a suitable place for the demonstration. ASC retains the right of determining a reasonable time, place and manner for all on campus events.

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  • Student Handbook: ASU Affirmations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience

    As a student at ASU, you are joining a community of learners and scholars. Choosing to join this community involved a conscious commitment to uphold this community’s values and expectations. These standards ensure that all members of our community have an optimal environment in which to teach, to learn and to benefit from the ASU experience. … I will relate to others with civility and respect.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    All Students Are Required To: … Refrain from abusive conduct, including physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, stalking, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the physical or psychological health, safety, or welfare of one’s self, another individual or a group of individuals.

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  • Residence Life Handbook: Decorations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    Should window decorations be considered inappropriate, the resident will be requested to remove them. Controversial or antagonistic materials might draw personal confrontations from others within the community who may be offended by the content. The placing of inappropriate or offensive material including, but not limited to, nudity or extremely violent items on the outside of a room door may result in immediate removal. Community standards are stated as decorations or displayed material one would find in the community of Alamosa.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    All Students Are Required To: … Refrain from bullying of any type, including but not limited to, physical bullying or cyber bullying.

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Green Light Policies
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  • ‘Tenured’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Elitist’

    April 29, 2005

    In response to my post “Job Security = Academic Freedom?” David Mazel, an assistant professor of English at Adams State College, wrote in with the following comments about freedom of speech on campus: I’m a FIRE fan and an opponent of speech codes. I have defended students accused of harassment (for example, a student DJ here at Adams State College whose handle was “Pimp-Smackin’ McCracken” and whose fliers were taken down by campus housing authorities who found the word “pimp” inherently demeaning to women). I have worked with students and administrators here to develop a new campus “poster policy” that respects both the spirit of the First Amendment […]

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