Metropolitan State University

Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Website: http://www.metrostate.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code Procedure 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    [U]se of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages or to participate in
    pornographic materials.

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  • Student Conduct Code Procedure 12-13

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

    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.

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  • Student Conduct Code Procedure 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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.

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Green Light Policies
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  • Unconstitutional Speech Code Pulled for Revision

    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 […]

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  • It’s Always ‘1984’ at Metropolitan State University

    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 […]

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