Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
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.
Red Light 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.
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.
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.
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