Location: Rolla, Missouri
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
Missouri University of Science and Technology 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: Internet Usage Policies
The policy can be summarized in these statements:
Be respectful and considerate of the rights of others. Do no harm. Break no law.
This means that the following items are some examples of things that would *not* comply with the simple policy above:
- Using computing facilities to harass other users or to do mischief.
- Sending electronic messages to unwilling recipients.
Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
Bullying is defined as repeated and/or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control or diminish another person, physically or mentally on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility
Expectations: … Respect the dignity of all people and learn from the differences in people, ideas, and opinion (Examples of respect are those behaviors that do not demean the dignity of individuals or groups, such as hazing, harassment, and discrimination.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Missouri S&T strives to provide an environment in which students may develop as effective citizens and thoughtful, productive members of society. Freedom of expression and inquiry are essential elements of the University community.
Rights and Responsibilities: … Right to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition and the responsibility to respect other’s freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, and right of petition….
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Harassment in violation of the University’s anti-discrimination policies, is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct, on the basis of actual or perceived membership in a protected class as defined in the University’s anti-discrimination policies, that creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.
Sexual harassment is defined as:
1) Unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual activity by a person or persons in a position of power or authority to another person, or
2) Other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a person to another person, when:a) Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used explicitly or implicitly as a condition for academic or employment decisions; or
b) Such conduct creates a hostile environment by being sufficiently severe or pervasive and objectively offensive that it interferes with, limits or denies the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from educational programs or activities or employment access, benefits or opportunities.