Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
Saint Cloud State University 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.
April 18, 2000
At Saint Cloud State University the campus newspaper, the University Chronicle quoted student Christopher Monson, who argued that a public university had obligations to public access and legal equality: it would be illegal not to allow such persons as credit card companies on campus, just as "not allowing blacks on campus" would be illegal. Four days later, SCSU President Suzanne Williams sent an e-mail message to the university community, writing that the student had made an "unfortunate analogy." The next day, President Williams announced, again by e-mail, that the offending student would be undergoing "sensitivity training" at the campus Multicultural […]» Read More
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementAny student directing verbally abusive language, insults, or derogatory statements toward a University staff member involved in the normal course of duties, including documentation of alleged violations, will face disciplinary action.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementSt. Cloud State University recognizes the tradition of the "public square;" therefore, the University establishes the following outdoor areas for public expression:
* The mall between Atwood and the Performing Arts Center
* The mall area in front on the west side of Stewart Hall
* The mall on the west side of Administrative Services Building
* Plaza on the south side of the National Hockey Center
* Southwest plaza side of the Husky Stadium
Other outdoor areas may be available for public expression use after receiving approval in advance. Individuals or groups wishing to use any campus facilities other than the Public Expression areas must make arrangements through the office of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs. Public Expression areas, as designated above, are open to the public and do not require an advance reservation for use between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., however, notification of the intent to use the space is suggested in order to ensure that a location is available on a specific date and time.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementHarassment means to engage in intentional conduct in which a person knows
or has reason to know would cause a
person under the circumstances to feel
frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementIntentionally, recklessly or negligently placing any person under mental
duress or causing fear of physical
danger. This may occur through
verbal abuse, stalking, hazing, intimidation, threats, harassment, sexual
harassment, repeated phone calls,
electronic messages, text messages,
emails, postings on social networking sites or other conduct which
threatens or endangers that person’s
emotional, mental or physical wellbeing.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of threatening an individual's employment; interfering with an individual's work or academic performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement[P]hysical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion and other conduct which threatens the health or safety of any person will not be tolerated in our University housing communities.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementStudent freedoms and rights include, but are not limited to: Freedom of inquiry, speech and assembly.
October 5, 2007
St. Cloud Times The president of , Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was recently invited to speak at Columbia University in New York City , an event from which controversy continues to stir. What would happen if St. Cloud State University or St. John’s University had a chance to host a terrorist, someone with whom we are at war? What if we had the opportunity to have Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il or Robert Mugabe speak here? Kathy Uradnik, a professor of political science at St. Cloud State, said, “The real issue is not whether there is or should be free speech as […]» Read More
FIRE Challenges Campus Judicial System, Political Correctness Organization Seeks to Rectify Perceived Injustices
December 1, 2000
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April 18, 2000
ST. CLOUD, MN—The president of St. Cloud State University (SCSU) was prosecutor, judge, and jury in an unconstitutional assault upon the free speech rights of an undergraduate student. Christopher Monson was quoted in the student newspaper in favor of allowing credit card companies to solicit on campus. His words, unacceptable to the PC language police, landed him in sensitivity training. On December 9, 1999, the SCSU campus newspaper, the University Chronicle quoted Monson, who argued that a public university had obligations to public access and legal equality: it would be illegal not to allow such persons on campus, just as […]» Read More