Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
Saint Louis University has been given the speech code rating Exempt. Exempt institutions are private universities that express clearly and consistently that they believe in a set of values above the commitment of free speech. Read more here.
Saint Louis University: Student Group Prevented from Inviting Potential Political Candidate to Campus
April 9, 2014
Admins told the SLU College Republicans that they could not invite a potential political candidate to campus.» Read More
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUse in violation of other University policies or use that is inconsistent with the University's Jesuit, Catholic mission and ideals also violates this Policy. Such other University policies include, but are not limited to, those regarding sexual harassment and racial and ethnic harassment, conduct codes of the various schools and colleges, and specific University departmental and work-unit policies and guidelines regarding incidental personal use of IT Systems.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementThe University recognizes each student's right to free speech, association and the free exercise of religion in the context of our Jesuit, Catholic mission, values, and ideals.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSaint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with a distinctive educational mission and philosophy emphasizing Christian humanism, human dignity, and the development of the total human being. These core values are manifested in the University's commitment to foster a workplace and learning environment that is free from any form of prohibited harassment.
Student Handbook: Student Organization Policies- Performance, Presentation and Speaker (Program) Policy 13-14
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, StatementSaint Louis University understands that the exchange of ideas and the opportunity to critically analyze and express different viewpoints is essential to the University's mission, which emphasizes the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. However, speech and expression are not absolute rights at a private institution and must be examined in light of both particular circumstances and the broader values and aspirations of Saint Louis University as a Catholic, Jesuit institution. While restrictions on expression must be reluctant and limited, in some situations they may be deemed appropriate.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, StatementPostings that are degrading, considered in poor taste, advertise alcohol or contrary
to the University Mission will not be permitted.
Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures- Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Protocol 13-14
Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, StatementExamples of bias-related incidents include epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts that relate to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementAny unwelcome, unsolicited, and offensive conduct that tends to injure, degrade, disgrace, or show hostility toward a person because of because of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, veteran status, pregnancy or any other characteristics protected by law.
April 9, 2014
Last fall, Saint Louis University (SLU) demanded a student group take an event featuring former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown off campus. SLU justified its wrongful decision to prevent Brown from appearing on campus out of misguided concerns for its tax-exempt status. With the 2014 midterm elections on the horizon, FIRE calls on SLU to once and for all stop using this excuse to suppress political speech on campus.» Read More