Location: Bemidji, Minnesota
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
Bemidji State University has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.
1. Distribution of political literature including handbills, cards, buttons and pamphlets;
2. Requests to sign petitions;
3. Discussions of candidates or issues.
June 13, 2013
by Bob Kellogg OneNewsNow A Minnesota university wants to not only restrict offensive speech but even speech that is loud or boisterous and may raise alarm. This is an abuse of the First Amendment. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has announced that the organization’s Speech Code of the Month focus has been directed on Bemidji State because of its code that prohibits language that might offend others. Robert Shibley of F.I.R.E. explains the problem with that policy. “The fact that nobody can easily determine what is offensive conduct is at the heart of the problem with this code,” he […]» Read More
June 20, 2013
This press release was sent to local Minnesota media outlets this afternoon: MINNEAPOLIS, June 20, 2013—Free speech is safer today at Bemidji State University (BSU), which has revised a policy identified by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a free-speech watchdog group, as violating the First Amendment. The revisions came after FIRE named the policy its "Speech Code of the Month" for June 2013. FIRE defines a "speech code" as any university regulation or policy that prohibits expression that would be protected by the First Amendment in society at large. Each month, FIRE features a particularly restrictive speech […]» Read More
June 18, 2013
On June 5, FIRE announced that Minnesota’s Bemidji State University was our June 2013 Speech Code of the Month for language in its student conduct code prohibiting "offensive" speech. Happily, less than a week later, Bemidji State tweeted at FIRE a notification that it had revised the objectionable language in its code. When we named it Speech Code of the Month, the relevant section of Bemidji State’s conduct code prohibited engaging in any offensive, obscene or abusive language, or in boisterous or noisy conduct reasonably tending to arouse alarm, resentment, or anger in others on University-owned or controlled property or […]» Read More