Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
Jackson 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.
Red Light Policies
Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures Relating to Student Conduct- Disruptive Behavior 12-13
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementConduct and/or expressions which are obscene, intimidating, or which are blatantly offensive to the prevailing standards of an academic community are prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementAn act of baseness, vileness or depravity which brings shame to the
University and is in contradiction to the letter and spirit of the University’s Code of Conduct,
good citizenship and ethics.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe excessive physical annoyance of or
the use of verbally abusive language by any person on University-owned or controlled
property or while on the premises of, or while in attendance of University-sponsored
or supervised events is considered to be harassment and is prohibited. The scope of
any form of harassment includes language to physical acts which degrades, insult,
taunt, or challenges 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 behavior that places another member of the University community
in a state of fear or anxiety.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementRegardless 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.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementApproval from the Associate Vice President for Student Life or his/her designee is required for assembly and demonstration.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementJackson State University students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to the
occasion and environment on and off campus. In all situations, faculty and staff members
have the authority to stipulate dress regulations for their classes, other events and activities
sponsored by the University.
Lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression, or other moral decency offenses will not
be tolerated. This includes, but is not limited to indecent exposure, Peeping Toms, indecent
telephone language, and crimes against nature. Violators will be fined and disciplined.
Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures Relating to Student Conduct- Disorderly Conduct or Assembly 12-13
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementRowdy behavior, indecent language, excessive noise or drunken or drug induced behavior is prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementProfanity. Profane, vulgar, and curse words are prohibited in limited contexts although their use
is widely discouraged by the University. The proscription against profanity shall only regulate the manner of such speech rather than the content of any message conveyed. Profanity may subject a person to discipline when it lacks any artistic or literary value in connection with a
University curriculum, it inherently tends to provoke a violent reaction, and it substantially
interferes with the educational environment.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementStudents at Jackson State University are both private citizens and members of the University community.
As U.S. citizens, students enjoy the same freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition that
other citizens enjoy.
Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures Relating to Student Conduct- Sexual Harassment 12-13
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementNo person shall engage in unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other physical conduct, and expressive behavior of a sexual nature where submission to such conduct is made explicitly, or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual's employment
or education; or where submission to, or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual. Instances where such conduct has the purpose of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or
professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or
educational environment is strictly prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementA. No person shall engage in any act of intimidation or harassment, physical force or violence
that is directed against any person or group of persons because of their ethnicity, race, national
origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, disability or political beliefs.
B. No person shall use the telephone or electronic mail to harass another. From the reasons
Participation in such acts is subject to University disciplinary action and punishable by law.
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 […]» Read More
August 1, 2008
FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for August 2008: Jackson State University in Mississippi. Jackson State’s harassment policy provides, in relevant part, that: The scope of any form of harassment includes language to physical acts which degrades, insult, taunt, or challenges 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 behavior that places another member of the University community in a state of fear or anxiety. Got that? Yeah, me neither. […]» Read More