Saint Louis University

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Website: http://www.slu.edu
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

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.

Not Rated Policies
  • Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures- Appropriate Use Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    Use 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Community Standards- Statement of Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    The 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.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures- Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Saint 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Student Organization Policies- Performance, Presentation and Speaker (Program) Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes, Statement

    Saint 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.

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  • Housing & Residence Life Handbook: Advertising 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Posting Policies, Statement

    Postings that are degrading, considered in poor taste, advertise alcohol or contrary
    to the University Mission will not be permitted.

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  • Student Handbook: University Policies and Procedures- Hate Crime and Bias-Related Incident Protocol 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech, Statement

    Examples 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.

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  • Student Handbook: Community Standards- Conduct Violations 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    Any 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.

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  • Saint Louis University Kicks Political Speech Off Campus

    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.

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