Alcorn State University

Location: Alcorn State, Mississippi
Website: http://www.alcorn.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Alcorn 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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Cyber-Bullying and Social Media 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    Cyber-bullying is the use of cell phones or other devices to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person. Cyber-bullying may include, but is not limited to, unwanted or unsolicited e-mails to others, threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), making victims the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation. Cyber-bullies may be direct or take indirect form, including but not limited to, assuming false identity or using another person’s identity to disclose the victims’ personal data (e.g. real name or address) at websites or forums for the purpose of publishing material that defames or ridicules the victim. Cyber-bullies may send threatening, harassing emails and instant messages to the victims, while others may post rumors or gossip and instigate others to dislike the victim.

    Students are prohibited from using any electronic device (personal or Alcorn State University’s electronic resources which includes, but is not limited to, all computer-related equipment, computer systems, interconnecting networks, facsimile machines, voicemail and other telecommunications facilities managed by the university) to coerce, intimidate, harass, embarrass, or make threats online via email, text messaging, posts to blogs, websites, and other media to cause fellow students, faculty, staff or administrators emotional distress.
    Students are prohibited from using any electronic device (personal or Alcorn State University’s electronic resources which includes, but is not limited to, all computer-related equipment, computer systems, interconnecting networks, facsimile machines, voicemail and other telecommunications facilities managed by the University) to coerce, intimidate, harass, embarrass, or make threats online via email, text messaging, posts to blogs, websites, and other media to cause fellow students, faculty, staff or administrators emotional distress.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Harassment (Physical or Verbal) 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    The excessive physical annoyance of or the use of verbally abusive language by any person on University property or while in attendance of University-sponsored events is considered to be harassment and is prohibited. The scope of any form of harassment includes language to physical acts which degrade, insult, taunt, or challenge another person by any means of communication, verbal, so as to provoke a violent response, communication of threat, defamation of character, use of profanity, verbal assaults, derogatory comments or remarks, sexist remarks, racists remarks or any other behavior that places another member of the University community in a state of fear or anxiety.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Regardless of sexual gender, personal affiliation, and/or affiliation with the University, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome and unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal, visual or physical conduct or communication with sexual overtones that the victim deems offensive. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to unsolicited, deliberate, or repeated sexual flirtation, advances or propositions, verbal abuse of a sexual nature, display of sexually suggestive pictures or objects, and/or offensive or abusive physical contact of a sexual nature.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Students’ Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    Alcorn State University students have the same rights, privileges and freedoms granted to every United States citizen.

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  • Student Handbook: Code of Conduct- Assault 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    The intentional harassment, degradation, threat or intimidation of another in an attempt to commit a battery or the intentional placing of another in reasonable
    apprehension of receiving a battery. This includes engaging in, attempting or intending to engage in any form of verbal or mental abuse or coercion that is directed toward another person or group of people which creates an intimidating, fearful or offensive environment in the classrooms, offices, residence halls and anywhere else on the University premises.

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  • FIRE Report Finds Very Restrictive Speech Codes at American Universities

    January 21, 2014

    by Alec Torres The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released its annual report on college-campus speech codes last week finding that while the percentage of colleges that seriously infringe upon students’ free-speech rights has diminished in recent years, many universities still burden students with overbearing and sometimes ridiculous speech regulations. Here’s a look at some of the most egregious speech codes that FIRE found: The University of Connecticut requires that “every member of the University shall refrain from actions that intimidate, humiliate, or demean persons or groups, or that undermine their security or self-esteem.” At Athens State University in Alabama, […]

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  • Free-speech policies questioned

    August 16, 2010

    Students at Mississippi universities may have to watch what they say more than those in other states because of policies that free-speech advocates say are oppressive. At Ole Miss, someone could theoretically get in trouble for sending an e-mail about how much they “hate” rival Mississippi State. Jackson State students could be punished for unsolicited flirting. Speaking freely outside so-called “free-speech zones” on most of the campuses could get students in trouble, even though a federal court has deemed that unconstitutional. Adam Kissel, of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said the nonprofit group hears from hundreds of college […]

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  • In Mississippi, ‘The Clarion-Ledger’ Reports on Dangers of State Colleges’ Speech Codes

    August 16, 2010

    In today’s edition of The Clarion-Ledger, the Jackson, Mississippi newspaper reports on speech codes maintained at public colleges statewide. Spurred by FIRE’s recent victory at nearby Hinds Community College, reporter Elizabeth Crisp writes: Students at Mississippi universities may have to watch what they say more than those in other states because of policies that free-speech advocates say are oppressive. At Ole Miss, someone could theoretically get in trouble for sending an e-mail about how much they “hate” rival Mississippi State. Jackson State students could be punished for unsolicited flirting. Speaking freely outside so-called “free-speech zones” on most of the campuses […]

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