South Dakota State University

Location: Brookings, South Dakota
Website: http://www.sdstate.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

South Dakota 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.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies

    Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages or to engage in unlawful activities, including those involving uses that infringe intellectual properties….

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  • Student Conduct Code: Prohibited Conduct 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies

    Bullying may not meet the standard of harassment, but is still proscribed at the University. Bullying infringes on the rights of others and is manifested in verbal, physical, written, or electronic acts, alone or in combination that are contrary to the goals of the University. Bullying also includes retaliation against a member of the University community for asserting or alleging an act of bullying.

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment is a particularly harmful and illegal form of discrimination. It is SDSU’s policy that no form of harassment on any grounds of employees, students, and others associated with SDSU is permitted. Harassment means behavior toward another person that has the purpose or perception of creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment in order to interfere with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resource.

    Sexual harassment is a particularly offensive form of discrimination. Sexual harassment may be established by showing that an individual has been subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Conduct Code: Purpose 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    The University exists for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general wellbeing of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals.

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  • Policy and Procedure Manual: Harassment including Sexual Harassment 14-15

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, transgender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or harassment on any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination or on any grounds, directed against individuals, may be established by showing: … Conduct toward another person that has the purpose or the effect of creating an objectively and subjectively intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environment that substantially interferes with the individual’s ability to participate in or realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resource.

    Harassment in this context also includes other conduct that is extreme and outrageous, exceeding all bounds usually tolerated by polite society and that has the purpose or the substantial likelihood of interfering with another person’s ability to participate in or to realize the intended benefits of a University activity, employment, or resource.

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  • Free Speech Rights Must Extend to Students’ Online Expression

    October 24, 2012

    This fall, FIRE is writing a blog series about how schools can reform their problematic speech codes and earn a “green light” rating from FIRE—a distinction currently awarded to just 16 of the more than 400 schools in our Spotlight database but one we hope to be able to award to many more in the years to come. So far, we have discussed how universities restrict speech by mandating “civility” and by improperly broadening the definition of “harassment.” (Harassment, while not protected speech, is a term with a very specific legal meaning.) Today we tackle another common problem: restrictions on […]

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