Location: Marshall, Minnesota
Federal Circuit: 8th Circuit
Southwest Minnesota State University has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.
Red Light Policies
Student Handbook: Prohibited Code of Conduct- Racial. Disability, or Cultural Intolerance/Harassment 13-14
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementAny verbal or physical contact directed at an individual or group such as racial slurs, jokes, or other behaviors that demean or belittle a person’s race, color, gender preference, national origin, culture, history or disability, is prohibited.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities: Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources 13-14
Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies, StatementUsers must not engage in inappropriate uses, including: ... Storage, display, transmission, or intentional or solicited receipt of material that is or may be reasonably regarded as obscene, sexually explicit, or pornographic, including any depiction, photograph, audio recording, video or written word, except as such access relates to the academic pursuits of a system student or professional activities of a system employee; and "Spamming" through widespread dissemination of unsolicited and unauthorized e-mail messages.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementUnwelcome 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.
Speech Code Category: Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility, StatementYou 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.
Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies, StatementIn 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.
Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies, StatementSexual 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.
Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression, StatementIn 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.