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.

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Red Light Policies

  • Discrimination and Harassment: Complaint and Investigation Procedure 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is conduct that is based on a person’s race, color, religion, creed, ethnic 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Disciplinary Rules: Disciplinary Offenses 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    B. MTSU has adopted the following non-exclusive list providing notice of offenses for which both individuals and organizations may be subject to disciplinary action:

    1. Conduct Dangerous to 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:

    a. Physical and/or verbal abuse,

    b. Threats and/or intimidation,

    c. Harm inflicted on self

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  • Student Disciplinary Rules: Disciplinary Offenses 14-15

    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 ….

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  • Judicial Affairs & Mediation Services: Statement of Community Standards of Civil Behavior 14-15

    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 ….

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  • Judicial Affairs and Mediation Services: Sexual Violence- Helpful Definitions 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual Harassment — Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

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  • Electronic Mail Acceptable Use Policy 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    The following list, although not all-inclusive, provides some examples of unacceptable uses: … Transmission of incendiary statements which might incite violence or describe or promote the use of weapons or devices associated with terrorist activities.

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  • 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 […]

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