Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Federal Circuit: 5th Circuit
McNeese 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
Submission to or rejection of such conduct results in an individual being denied opportunities to advance professionally or academically where ability and/or other relevant factors would normally be the basis for such advancement.
characterized by scholarship, mutual respect, free exchange of
ideas, and appreciation of the diverse viewpoints present within the
campus environment. Students and their guests are expected to embrace
this effort by interacting, speaking and otherwise communicating
with one another in ways that convey professionalism, mutual
respect and collegiality at all times.
July 9, 2007
The island nation of Singapore has a reputation for zealously regulating the daily life of its citizens. It has banned chewing gum and levies stiff fines for failure to flush public toilets. And when it comes to free speech, Singaporeans must use a heavily restricted “Speakers’ Corner” and limit their discourse to uncontroversial topics—and only then after registering with the local police station. Pretty un-American, right? Not so fast. Shockingly, public universities across this country are taking their cues on regulating student speech from Singapore’s repressive civic culture. For example, speech at McNeese State in Louisiana is governed by the […]» Read More
July 8, 2007
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education at www.thefire.org wants you to know that McNeese State University has announced it “embraces the free and open exchange of ideas.” As long as the student speaks in one of two zones, no more than once a week for a maximum of two hours, during daylight hours but not on weekends, with a permit obtained at least 72 hours in advance.» Read More
May 29, 2009
One of FIRE’s worst Speech Codes of the Month ever—McNeese State University’s “Public Forum” policy—has been updated in another FIRE victory for the freedoms of speech and association. The policy now clarifies that students on campus enjoy the freedom to protest and demonstrate, a freedom to which they are legally and morally entitled. Long time Torch readers may remember the original policy from July 2007, when we first highlighted it as our Speech Code of the Month. As we wrote at the time, This public university in Louisiana maintains a set of “Public Forum Regulations” that quarantine free speech to […]» Read More
July 9, 2007
Check out today’s Campus Alert in the New York Post, where we highlight similarities between Singapore’s overly zealous regulation of public life and the tactics often used by American universities trying to stifle student speech. As Samantha pointed out in a recent blog, to speak freely in Singapore, citizens must use a “Speakers’ Corner”—a small, designated area where available times and topics are limited. Similarly, many American public universities keep “free speech zones” where students’ speech is limited to a designated area for a certain time and often pending administrative approval. As Campus Alert points out: For […]» Read More