Southwest Minnesota State University

Location: Marshall, Minnesota
Website: http://www.smsu.edu
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Southwest Minnesota 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 Handbook: Prohibited Code of Conduct- Sexual Harassment 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: … b. Such conduct has the purpose of effect of threatening, or interfering with your work or academic performance.
    c. In situations where there is a superior/subordinate relationships between parties such as staff and student, faculty and student, or supervisor and staff.

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  • Student Handbook: Prohibited Code of Conduct- Respect for Persons/Hazing 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility

    You are expected to respect the rights and privileges of other members of the University community. Violating this Code of Civility includes, but is not limited to: physical abuse of any person, engaging in brawling, engaging in any boisterous or noisy conduct reasonable tending to arouse alarm, resentment or anger in others, obscene behavior, hazing (defined below) or any conduct which interferes with the rights of others. Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person is prohibited.

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  • Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression Procedure 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies

    In an effort to ensure safety and to promote an environment conducive to study, advanced reservation for expressive activity is required (in the form of an approved Reservation Request for Space) for events or activities that are promoted in advance, and/or sponsored by student organizations, and/or expected to draw a crowd of more than 25 people. … If advance reservation is required, (see section III) requests must be made at least five business days in advance of the event.

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  • Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies

    Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of threatening an individual’s employment; interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

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Green Light Policies
  • Student Handbook: Student Rights and Responsibilities 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression

    In addition to the basic constitutional rights enjoyed by all citizens, students in colleges and universities have specific rights related to academic freedom and their status as students. … Individual students and student organizations shall be free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately.

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