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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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