Middle Tennessee State University

Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Website: http://www.mtsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Middle Tennessee 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.

This school does not have any cases at this time.

Red Light Policies

  • Discrimination and Harassment: Complaint and Investigation Procedure 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, religion, creed, ethic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law, that: … Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment to the individual … Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to verbal or physical conduct relating to an employee’s national origin, race, surname, skin color or accent, offensive or derogatory jokes based on a protected category, racial or ethnic slurs, pressure for dates or sexual favors, unwelcome comments about a person’s religion or religious garments, offensive graffiti, cartoons or pictures, or offensive remarks about a person’s age.

    Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following: … Sexual innuendoes, comments, and remarks about a person’s clothing, body, or activities; … Humor and jokes about sex that denigrate men or women; … Suggestive or inappropriate acts, such as comments, innuendoes, or physical contact based on one’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression.

    » Read More


Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Code of Conduct: Freedom of Assembly 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    Requests for approval to use MTSU facilities for the purpose of conducting a demonstration, march, or sit-in activity must be made in writing to the dean of Student Life or his/her designee at least five (5) working days in advance of the anticipated activity.

    » Read More

  • Student Disciplinary Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Conduct Dangerous to Self or Others. Any conduct, or attempted conduct, which constitutes a danger to any person’s health, safety, or personal well-being, including, but not limited to, the following: 1. Physical and/or verbal abuse ….

    » Read More

  • Student Disciplinary Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Misusing and/ or abusing campus resources including but not limited to the following: … Use of computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence ….

    » Read More

  • Judicial Affairs: Disruptive Behavior 13-14

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

    In an effort to educate our campus community about what constitutes disruptive behavior, we have provided examples below. … writing inappropriate messages on bulletin boards.

    » Read More

  • Judicial Affairs & Mediation Services: Statement of Community Standards of Civil Behavior 12-13

    Speech Code Category: Policies Restricting Freedom of Conscience, Statement

    The choice to associate one's self with this fellowship of scholars is freely made by each participant but obligates those who do join to observe the following expectations for civilized conduct within the MTSU community: ... disdain for bigotry and hatred expressed in any form or medium and directed toward identifiable groups or individuals in the community; tolerance for the convictions and opinions of others, even when not in agreement with one's own beliefs ....

    » Read More

  • Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services: Harassment- Sexual and Racial 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Generally, harassment may be defined as verbal or physical conduct by a person or group of persons which interferes with a student’s academic performance or causes discomfort in the work setting or classroom. The behavior must be persistent, pervasive, and/or prevalent.

    » Read More


This school does not have any media coverage at this time.
  • Unconstitutional Security Fee Defeated at Middle Tennessee State University

    February 3, 2010

    The Alliance Defense Fund has announced a victory for free speech against yet another unconstitutional security fee. Pro-Life Collegians, a student group at Middle Tennessee State University, was required by the university to pay a fee for campus security to place exhibits through “Justice for All,” a pro-life advocacy group. According to ADF, no university policy requires a group to obtain such security and other groups holding comparable events were not charged a security fee. ADF makes the case for the unconstitutionality of such a fee: In the letter submitted to MTSU officials, ADF attorneys argue that such a vague […]

    » Read More