Saint Cloud State University

Location: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Website: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

  • Saint Cloud State University: Thought Reform and Suppression of Free Speech

    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 […]

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Residential Life Policy Handbook: Documentation and Disciplinary Meetings 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, Statement

    Any 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Outdoor Space Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, Statement

    St. 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.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Definitions- Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Harassment 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.

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  • E-Mail Acceptable Use Guidelines 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Do not send abusive, threatening, or harassing materials.

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  • Student Code of Conduct: Prohibited Conduct 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Intentionally, 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.

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  • Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Sexual 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.

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  • Residential Life Policy Handbook: Discrimination Policies 13-14

    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.

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Green Light Policies