Colorado State University – Pueblo
Colorado State University – Pueblo

Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Website: http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Colorado State University – Pueblo 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.

  • Colorado State University – Pueblo: Professor’s Email Access Blocked After Message Protesting Layoffs

    January 28, 2014

    On January 17, 2014, Colorado State University-Pueblo Professor Tim McGettigan emailed all students and faculty, criticizing the administration’s plans to terminate up to 50 positions at the school. McGettigan’s email evoked the Ludlow Massacre, a 1914 attack on striking miners and their families that resulted in numerous deaths. That same day, administrators accused McGettigan of violating a policy that prohibits using email “to intimidate, threaten, or harass other individuals,” and deactivated his email account without warning.

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Red Light Policies

  • Code of Student Conduct & Adjudication: Standards of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment. Examples include, but are not limited to … The infliction of psychological and/or emotional harm upon any member of the University community through any means, including but not limited to e-mail, social media, and other technological forms of communication.

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  • Acceptable Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    You are solely responsible for any information which you publish on the Web or other Internet Service. You must ensure that the recipient of the content is appropriate. For example, you must take appropriate precautions to prevent minors from receiving inappropriate content. The University reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that it, in its sole discretion, deems to be offensive, indecent, or otherwise inappropriate regardless of whether such material or its dissemination is unlawful.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Peaceful Assembly Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    The University may, consistent with the U.S. or Colorado constitution, establish reasonable regulations regarding the time, place, and manner in which persons exercise their free speech rights to the extent necessary to prevent disruption of the normal conduct of University affairs, endangerment of health and safety of persons, or damage to property. Accordingly, persons planning such assemblies on the University campus should coordinate their activities and plans in advance through the Executive Director of External Affairs (who shall then consult with appropriate personnel), with a minimum notice of 3 business days.

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  • Posting Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies

    All posters/flyers intended for display beyond those in the OUC or residence halls must be approved. Posters for the residence hall must be approved by the front desk employees there and all of those being posted in the PUC must be approved through auxiliary services.

    Any postings designed in poor taste or with obscene language will not be approved or posted.  Discretion will be left up to Office of External Affairs.

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  • Code of Student Conduct & Adjudication: Preamble 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    [T]he University expects all members of its community to uphold certain non-negotiable values. These values include:

    • Civility
    • Honor
    • Citizenship

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  • Code of Student Conduct & Adjudication: Standards of Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    Abusive conduct. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens the mental or physical well-being of any person.

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Green Light Policies
  • Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute “hostile environment” sexual harassment when such conduct is directed toward an individual because of her or his gender, is severe or pervasive, and has the purpose or effect of 1) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment or 2) unreasonably interfering with another’s academic performance or work. … Facts will be judged on the basis of what is reasonable of persons to ordinary sensitivity and not on the particular sensitivity or reaction of an individual.

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  • PROFESSOR COMPARES CAMPUS LAYOFFS TO KILLING WOMEN, CHILDREN

    February 7, 2014

    by Kara Mason at The College Fix A Colorado State University-Pueblo professor recently sent a campus wide email that compared plans to layoff dozens of university employees with a 1914 massacre in which families fighting against unfair working conditions were shot and killed. The email was titled “Children of Ludlow” and referred to the 1914 Ludlow Massacre in which more than 12 people – including women and children – were killed by an armed militia. After the email was sent in mid-January, sociology professor Tim McGettigan had access to his campus computer systems, including his email, restricted by administrators, which has […]

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  • Education foundation comes to professor’s defense

    January 23, 2014

    by Anthony A. Mestas Members of a Philadelphia nonprofit educational foundation devoted to free speech said Wednesday they are deeply concerned that Colorado State University-Pueblo shut down an outspoken professor’s school email account. CSU-Pueblo professor locked out over ‘hit list’ emailCSU-Pueblo professor’s limited email restored Peter Bonilla, a member of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, sent a five-page letter to CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare asking that Tim McGettigan’s email be completely reinstated. “We want his email access to be fully restored without any conditions on it and without any strings attached and without it laying the basis […]

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  • ‘Flat Hat’ Highlights William & Mary’s ‘Green Light’ Rating

    January 29, 2014

    The Flat Hat, the student newspaper at The College of William & Mary, points out this week that for yet another year, the university can boast of its “green light” rating for free speech. As The Flat Hat observes, William & Mary is one of an elite few institutions nationwide that maintain policies respecting free speech rights. Depressingly, 58.6% of the schools rated in FIRE’s Spotlight on Speech Codes 2014 report receive a “red light” rating for maintaining at least one clearly unconstitutional policy. The article correctly notes: The problem, for many schools, seems to be striking a balance between […]

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  • After FIRE Letter, Colorado State Gives Prof Limited Access to Email

    January 22, 2014

    Last week, Colorado State University – Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) abruptly cut off Professor Tim McGettigan’s access to his email account after he sent an email to students and faculty criticizing the university system’s leadership. McGettigan was told that he had violated the school’s policy against using email “to intimidate, threaten, or harass other individuals”—a policy that allows for account deactivation in situations where safety is at risk. But as FIRE pointed out in a letter (PDF) sent yesterday, McGettigan’s email comprised only constitutionally protected speech, not threats or harassment. Today, McGettigan’s email account has been partially reactivated, but he still cannot send emails to large groups of […]

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