Location: Murray, Kentucky
Federal Circuit: 6th Circuit
Murray 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
University information technology resources may not be used in a harassing, offensive, profane, or abusive manner. The perception or reaction of affected persons is a major factor in determining if a specific action is in violation of this policy.
EXAMPLES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
• Calling a person a doll, babe, or honey.
• Making sexual innuendoes.
• Telling sexual jokes or stories.
• Making sexual comments about a person’s clothing, body, or looks.
• Turning discussions to sexual topics.
• Looking a person up and down (elevator eyes) .
• Staring at someone.
• Displaying sexual and/or derogatory comments about men/women on coffee mugs, hats, clothing, etc.
• Invading a person’s body space; standing closer than appropriate or necessary for the work being done.
• Making sexual gestures with hands and/or body movements.
Use of areas in or around the Curris Center or use of the Free Speech Zone requires reservation with the Director of the Curris Center.
Mental or physical hazing or harassment in any form is prohibited, including harassing language or behavior of any kind, particularly sexual and discriminatory harassment. Discriminatory harassment is defined as physical acts or threats or verbal slurs or referring to an individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, ancestry, age or handicap that are made with the purpose of injuring the person to whom the words or actions are directed and that are not made as part of a discussion or exchange of an idea, ideology, or philosophy.
[S]exual harassment may be present if there are unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature and: … such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or participation or performance in a course, program, or activity, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or any course, program, or activity.
Sexual harassment takes many forms. It can include sexual innuendo, suggestive or demeaning comments, insults, hostile remarks, humor and jokes about gender or gender specific traits, requests or demands for sexual favors, threats, or suggestive gestures.
Racial harassment is any behavior that would verbally or physically threaten, torment, badger, heckle or persecute an individual because of his/her race. Isolated instances of misconduct, although never condoned, do not necessarily constitute racial harassment, nor a hostile environment.
The basic purpose of this university community is the enlargement, dissemination and application of knowledge. The most basic necessity for the achievement of this purpose is freedom of expression and communication.