Location: Morehead, Kentucky
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Morehead 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
Prohibited Conduct … Sending email with a false return address or account ID, sending harassing email or inappropriate email messages, sending harassing or inappropriate text messages, making harassing or inappropriate phone calls, or otherwise creating a hostile work or academic environment via a technology resource. Sending chain mail or unauthorized mass mailings is prohibited.
Morehead State University students are expected to treat others with civility, dignity, and respect which recognizes the innate value of all human beings, reflects a commitment to obtaining an education, and meets the legal and campus standards of conduct imposed by federal, state, and local laws and University policies, rules, and regulations.
In all circumstances regarding free speech, the University reserves the right to regulate the time, place and manner. A “free speech”
area is located in front of Camden-Carroll Library in the area surrounding the war memorial. This area may be reserved by organizations or individuals by contacting University Center & Conference Services ….
a. Harassing another person based upon sex, race, religion, gender, national origin, age or disability.
b. Acts which include, but are not limited to threat, intimidation, coercion, assault, acts of violence, physical abuse, verbal abuse (e.g. written or graphic material, slurs, epithets, etc.), or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person. Other acts of harassment include: (a) actions which cause one to reasonably believe they are endangered; (b) reporting an offense or incident knowing the offense or incident did not occur or knowing the information relating to the matter is false; (c) intentionally initiating or circulating a report of a bombing, fire or other emergency knowing that the report is false; (d) acting to prevent or interrupt the use of any building or other facility or the activities of the University.
Engaging in behavior that is contrary to University expectations that students treat others with dignity and respect. Examples include, but are not limited to, disrupting the reasonable activities of another person or group, failing to respect the rights of another person, or interfering with the lawful freedom of others to express their views.
While the University does not maintain a formal dress code, it is expected that students dress appropriately when attending public
functions, which includes class attendance. Clothing with sexually explicit or intimidating slogans, vulgarity, and/or ethnically offensive material is prohibited.
Students are guaranteed the rights of free speech and peaceful assembly ….
For the purposes of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as follows: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably
interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment.
September 27, 2005
Evidence has begun to roll in showing that the freedom of the student press is under assault as never before. It’s certainly bad enough that our own federal court system is attacking the free campus press through the Seventh Circuit’s en banc decision in Hosty v. Carter (now being appealed to the Supreme Court)—but hold on, it gets worse. In just the last few days, FIRE has become aware of not one, not two, but three different assaults on campus press freedom that have taken place since the beginning of the school year—and it’s only the end of September. […]» Read More