Jackson State University

Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Website: http://www.jsums.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

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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, Statement

    Conduct and/or expressions which are obscene, intimidating, or which are blatantly offensive to the prevailing standards of an academic community are prohibited.

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  • Student Handbook: Code Violations 12-13

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

    An 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Code Violations- Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    The 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Code Violations- Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    Approval from the Associate Vice President for Student Life or his/her designee is required for assembly and demonstration.

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  • Residence Student Handbook: Moral or Decency Offenses (including Use of Profanity) 12-13

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

    Jackson 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.

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  • 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, Statement

    Rowdy behavior, indecent language, excessive noise or drunken or drug induced behavior is prohibited.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Decorum Policy 12-13

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

    Profanity. 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.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Students 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.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures Relating to Student Conduct- Sexual Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    No 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.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures Relating to Student Conduct- Harassment 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    A. 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
    listed above.
    Participation in such acts is subject to University disciplinary action and punishable by law.

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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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  • Speech Code of the Month: Jackson State University

    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. […]

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