Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
Metropolitan 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
Students or organizations may be subject to university discipline for any of the misconduct described below that occurs at any time on university-controlled premises or at university approved or sponsored functions. … Continued willful and disruptive behavior, profanity or vulgarity, or open and persistent defiance of the authority of or persistent abuse of university personnel.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Harassment of any member of the university community, placing any person under mental duress or causing any person to be in fear through verbal abuse (including repeated telephone calls or electronic messages), bullying, intimidation including, but not limited to, violence or threat of violence, or personal vilification, including when such actions are based on age, sex, race, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin.
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Office: Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Policy and Procedures 13-14
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Discriminatory harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct that is directed at an individual because of his or her protected class, and that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to have the purpose or effect of creating a hostile work or educational environment.
As required by law, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and Metropolitan further define sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination which is prohibited by state and federal law. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education, evaluation of a student’s academic performance, or term or condition of participation in student activities or in other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions or other decisions about participation in student activities or other events or activities sanctioned by the college or university; or
3. such conduct has the purpose and effect of threatening an individual’s employment; interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
December 4, 2007
Torch readers might be wondering when we are going to post December’s Speech Code of the Month. The answer is tomorrow, and the reason it wasn’t posted today is good news for free speech. FIRE was poised to name Metropolitan State University in Minnesota as our December 2007 Speech Code of the Month for its University Community Conduct Code, which prohibited “manifestations of prejudice regarding race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation” and imposed “sensitivity training” as a sanction for violating that prohibition. FIRE wrote to Metropolitan State back in July to express our concerns about the policy, and received a […]» Read More
May 9, 2006
Shall I tell you why we have brought you here? To cure you! To make you sane! Will you understand, Winston, that no one whom we bring to this place ever leaves our hands uncured? We are not interested in those stupid crimes that you have committed. The Party is not interested in the overt act: the thought is all we care about. We do not merely destroy our enemies, we change them. Do you understand what I mean by that? —George Orwell, 1984 There’s nothing like a little government-sponsored re-education to get my blood boiling on an otherwise ordinary […]» Read More