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
  • SDSU Student Code: Misuse of Computers 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, Statement

    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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  • SDSU Student Code: Offenses- Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies, Statement

    Behavior may not meet the standard of
    harassment, but is still unwelcome. Bullying infringes on the rights
    of others and is manifested in verbal, physical, written or electronic
    acts alone or in any combination that are that are contrary to the
    goals of an educational institution. Students reporting bullying may
    not feel the standard of harassment has been met but request the
    behavior cease for their benefit. (Censure - Behavioral Probation)

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  • Residence Hall Handbook: Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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
  • SDSU Student Code: Student Rights 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Free Speech and Assembly Guaranteed - Free inquiry, expression and assembly are guaranteed to all students.

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  • SDSU Student Code: Offenses- Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, Statement

    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 an institutional activity, employment or resource.

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  • SDSU Student Code: University Statement of Principles and Procedures 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, Statement

    Academic institutions exist 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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  • 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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