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
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.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
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.
For purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
“Harassment” means any unwelcomed, unsolicited, and offensive conduct that is severe or pervasive and tends to injure, degrade, disgrace, or show hostility toward a person because of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, gender expression/identity, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. For purposes of applying this policy, “sexual” harassment includes conduct that is of a sexual nature or related to a person’s gender and may include persons of the same sex.
Student Handbook: Student Organization Policies- Performance, Presentation and Speaker (Program) Policy 13-14
Speech Code Category: Other Speech Codes
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.
Examples of programs that the University would not approve would include those deemed to encourage, celebrate or glorify hatred, violence, abusive behavior, religious intolerance, irresponsible or illicit drug and alcohol use, and the objectification of human beings. Furthermore, the University will not approve any campus program which it determines cannot be held in a safe, orderly way, in adherence to its policies and procedures, and without significant interference to other University events or normal functions.
While acknowledging there may be approved programs which include critiques of Catholic teaching and/or of Saint Louis University, the University does not knowingly make available its facilities to individuals, organizations or businesses, whose activities will deride, mock or ridicule the Roman Catholic Church or the University’s mission and values.
Speech Code Category: Posting Policies
Postings 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
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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
Any act, including verbal or written communications, that intimidates, coerces, or disturbs or upsets the health, safety or well-being of any person. Written communications include, but are not limited to,Facebook and other social networking posts, text messages, and e-mail.
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.
Conduct that fails to uphold the University’s mission, values, objectives and responsibilities; conduct that fails to model good citizenship in any community.
Sexually explicit, graphic, abusive, degrading, intimidating, or offensive jokes, comments, remarks, or gestures.
May 27, 2014
By Bob Kellogg at OneNewsNow A university in Missouri demanded that a conservative student group take its event featuring a conservative political figure off campus. Last fall, the College Republicans at Saint Louis University invited former U.S. Senator Scott Brown to speak. But Azhar Majeed of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says the university claimed that would threaten the school’s tax-exempt status. Majeed explains that colleges and universities use the flimsy concern over tax-exempt status to suppress political dialogue on campus. Saint Louis claimed that allowing Brown on campus would be seen “as an activity of the university, as an institution, […]» Read More
February 12, 2015
Last year, FIRE published a report detailing the growing trend of “disinvitations” of invited speakers on college campuses. This month, students at Texas Tech University and Saint Louis University (SLU) are proving that “disinvitation season” is taking place throughout the year, and that demands for revoked invitations for speakers are not limited to one side of the political spectrum. Tonight, political activist and professor Angela Davis will be speaking on a panel at Texas Tech as part of the school’s African American History Month Lecture Series. However, some members of the campus community, among them the school’s College Republicans group, […]» Read More
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