Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Federal Circuit: 10th Circuit
Oklahoma State University – Stillwater 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: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementThe extracurricular use of any scheduled University-controlled facility or area for the purpose of expression shall be preceded by a request made to an authorized designee. A request shall contain the name of the requestor and how he/she can be contacted; the proposed date, time, and location for the contemplated activity; the expected size of the audience; the topic(s) or subject(s) to be addressed; and any other information which may be necessary to accommodate the needs associated with the activity.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementInterfering with
staff while they are performing their duties, being
uncooperative, uncivil, or verbally abusive to staff
will not be tolerated. The Department of Housing and Residential Life
interprets the use of profanity, vulgar language,
and derogatory comments as verbal abuse and
uncivil discourse. It is expected that residents
and Housing and Residential Life staff
communicate with civility in all circumstances.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementThe following list of examples of conduct prohibited by this policy statement is intended to aid in the understanding of this area. Conduct prohibited by this policy statement may include, but is not limited to:
Displaying sexually demeaning or offensive objects and pictures. Nude or semi-nude photographs and drawings, or computer software is very likely to be viewed as sexual harassment.
Staring repeatedly at someone, blocking another person's path or otherwise restricting their movements. Such acts, particularly when in conjunction with other acts or comments, may be viewed as sexual harassment. Invading a person's personal body space, such as by standing closer than appropriate or necessary for the work being done may similarly constitute sexual harassment.
Bringing physical items to work which express sexually offensive comments regarding men or women. Messages of this nature such as might be contained on coffee mugs, hats, or tee shirts may be offensive and be viewed as sexual harassment.
Making sexual gestures with hands or body movements. Looking a person up and down in a suggestive or intimidating manner may also constitute sexual
Letters, gifts, or materials of a sexual nature. Such attention may not be appreciated in the manner intended, may be offensive to the subject of the attention, and may constitute sexual harassment.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementDistribution of handbills, pamphlets, etc., is a privilege granted primarily to students of recognized and registered organizations. All such literature must bear the name of the organization or responsible individual on the front page of the material distributed. Such material may be distributed only in those areas designated as distribution areas by the Office of Campus Life or Residence Area Managers, as appropriate. A copy of the literature to be distributed must be filed with the Office of Campus Life.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment, as prohibited under federal law, state law, and
University policy, is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, sexual assaults,
or requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature. This conduct constitutes sexual harassment when: ... 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 educational or work environment.
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUsing University electronic communication facilities to send fraudulent, harassing, obscene, threatening, or other unlawful messages is prohibited.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement[T]he University must recognize and protect free inquiry and free expression as indispensable components of the critical examination of philosophies and ideas. Given the unique mission of educational institutions in
a democratic society, this inquiry should be more open and vigorous, and should consequently have greater protection than in society at large, provided that such inquiry does not infringe upon the rights of others. Commitment to free inquiry and expression creates a strong presumption against prohibition of expression based upon its content. This philosophy is intended to apply to all forms of expression occurring at the University and any uncertainty regarding the application or operation of this policy statement shall be resolved in a manner consistent with this philosophy.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementPersistent, severe, or pervasive verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, bullying, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the mental or physical health/safety of any person or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm.
Another Victory for Free Speech on Campus: Oklahoma State Settles Lawsuit with Campus Pro-Life Group; Revises Free Speech Policies
March 3, 2014
This past Friday, Oklahoma State University (OSU) settled a lawsuit with Cowboys for Life, a pro-life student organization that alleged the university had unjustly interfered with its ability to engage in expressive activity on campus. According to the lawsuit, brought by Alliance Defending Freedom, OSU used its free speech policies to prevent Cowboys for Life from displaying abortion-related photos and distributing pro-life literature on campus.» Read More
March 1, 2000
At Wake Forest University last fall, one of the few events designated as “mandatory” for freshman orientation was attendance at Blue Eyed, a filmed racism awareness workshop in which whites are abused, ridiculed, made to fail, and taught helpless passivity so that they can identify with “a person of color for a day.” In Swarthmore College’s dormitories, in the fall of 1998, first-year students were asked to line up by skin color, from lightest to darkest, and to step forward and talk about how they felt concerning their place in that line. Indeed, at almost all of our campuses, some […]» Read More